For Immediate Release:
11 September 2014
Ace Tennis Player and Padma Shri Awardee Urges Fans to Adopt, Never Buy
Mumbai – Today, tennis champion Sania Mirza, who recently won the US Open mixed doubles title and has been honoured with Padma Shri and Arjuna awards, posed in an angel costume alongside images of dogs and cats and the words “Be an Angel for Animals: Adopt, Never Buy” during a photo shoot at Annapurna Studios in Jubilee Hills for a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India campaign. The hair-styling and make-up were done by Tamanna Rooz and Esha Amin has styled the outfit.
“Rescued animals make the best companions. They are grateful to be spared a difficult life on the streets or to be adopted from an animal shelter. I feel happy that I have saved lives by adopting cats from the street”, Sania says. “I urge everyone who has the time and space to be a champion for homeless animals to please adopt a dog or a cat from an animal shelter or the street instead of from a pet store or a breeder.”
Across India, millions of dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry or are injured, hit by vehicles or abused. Countless others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. PETA and Sania want people to know that they can bring joy into the life of a homeless dog or cat – as well as into their own lives – by adopting a lovable and loving homeless animal if they have the time, space and resources to provide a lifetime of affection and care. And in order to take a bite out of the homeless-animal crisis, PETA encourages all people to have their animal companions sterilised.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.