Friday, February 12, 2010

PETA's giant 'condom' to promote Animal Birth Control tomorrow

New Delhi, Feb 10 (UNI) Condoms control births in humans. However, animals cannot use it and are born to get abused. So, get an animal spayed or neutered this Valentine's Day and express your love towards them.

Urging citizens to join hands for Animal Birth Control, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will hold a demonstration in the national capital tomorrow, a PETA spokesperson Nikunj Sharma, told UNI.

He informed that an animal activist, dressed as a giant condom and holding a heart shaped sign that reads, ''Dogs cannot use condoms. Spay and Neuter'', will lead the march at Jantar Mantar here.

''Condom is the most effective way to control births in humans. Sadly, the animals cannot use it. So it is to request the people to step forward and get the animals sterilised ahead of Valentine's Day, the festival of love,'' Mr Sharma added.

He claimed that, ''Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years while spaying one female cat can prevent 4.2 lakh births in seven years.''

Although it was the duty of the municipalities of different states to work towards sterilisation of the stray animals, ''but the responsibility is not taken care of properly,'' he alleged.

The NGO further made a request to pet-lovers that ''if one is considering adding a dog or cat to one's family, never buy-always adopt a homeless animal.''

Every time a pet-lover buys a dog or a cat from a breeder or a pet store, a homeless animal roaming on the streets or waiting in an animal shelter lost their chance of finding a good home, he added.

According to information provided by the NGO, India has approximately 25 million dogs out of which 2.6 lakh belonged to Delhi with an estimated dog to man ratio of 1:36.

Mr Sharma also emphasised on the cruelties in the breeding trade. ''Animals are bred for profit. Mother dogs and cats are impregnated repeatedly and once the animal joins the category of unwanted, they are abandoned on the streets to join stray dogs and cats,'' he said.

The members of the NGO, that works against animal abuse, will also be giving out Animal Birth Control leaflets to the people informing about the ways in which they can contribute towards the cause.


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