In Honor of the Year of the Dog, PETA Supporters Will Tell Passersby, ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop!’
For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2018
Manila — Brandishing signs that read, “Happy Year of the Dog. Adopt, Don’t Shop,” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will lead a protest in Chinatown on Monday to celebrate the Year of the Dog. The animal rights proponents will encourage tourists and shoppers to adopt dogs from their local shelter or rescue group instead of buying purebreds from pet stores or breeders, which simply serves to exacerbate the homeless-animal crisis.
When: Monday, February 12, 12 noon
Where: In front of the Carriedo Fountain, on Ongpin Street, Chinatown, Manila
“City pounds and shelters are bursting at the seams with special dogs just waiting for their new families to find them and take them home,” says PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “Askals, or asong Pinoys, are healthier than their purebred counterparts and have wonderfully loyal and loving spirits, which is why PETA encourages everyone who’s ready to provide a dog with a lifetime of love and care to celebrate the Year of the Dog by adopting a one-of-a kind mixed-breed friend.”
PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that animals on breeding farms are often denied basic veterinary care, and many die from distemper or parvovirus. On the street, homeless animals face starvation, extreme weather, diseases, traffic, and cruel people. That’s why PETA recommends that anyone who has the time and resources to provide an animal with a good home should adopt one from a shelter or rescue group and always have their animals sterilized.