PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi. Courtesy: BloombergQuint

Animal Rights Activists Welcome PM Modi's 'Adopt Indian Breed Dogs' Call

"Earlier, Indian breeds were exported outside the country and they had a huge demand in Europe"

August 30, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the citizens to adopt native Indian dog breeds, which has been welcomed by several animal rights activists.

Pm Modi on Sunday in his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' urged the Indians to adopt dogs of Indian breeds.

Supporting the call, several animal rights activists even claimed that the step will discourage commercialisation of exotic pets.

Modi, in his monthly radio broadcast, lauded Indian breed dogs for their bravery and sacrifice for the country.

He further said that several local breeds such as Mudhol Hound, Himachali Hound, Rajapalayam, Kanni, Chippiparai and Combai are very good and competent.

"People are not aware of the pure-bred dogs because breeders do not bring them forth," reported IANS quoting Ratty P Javeri, Honorary Secretary at Indian National Kennel Club.

"Besides this, people should opt for them only if they have ample open space. Those living in flats or small houses should go for street dogs," he added.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightfully reminded people how wonderful and smart Indian dogs are, and that includes those we see on every street," said Sachin Bangera of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"People with time, resources, patience, and love should opt to adopt dogs in need from local animal shelters," Bangera added.

Activist Gauri Maulekhi, who has been very vocal about the issue, thanked the Prime Minister for making the call.

"It will discourage cruel and illegal breeding and mindless commercialisation of exotic pets," he said.

Speaking to The Story Mug, Guwahati-based animal lover Bedanta Goswami said, "Earlier, Indian breeds were exported outside the country and they had a huge demand in Europe."

"If more and more people start adopting the Indian breed dogs, then I am sure its lost glory will come back and people will gradually avoid the exotic foreign breed," he added.

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