Monday, December 18, 2006

Indian Dogs Forced to Live in Sin

A Hindu wedding ceremony of 18 dogs has been called off in India on the grounds of mockery to religion and cruelty to animals.

The wedding, based on Hindu rituals, was to have involved the canines sitting in front of a sacred fire and exchanging flower garlands. The marriage was also to have included a procession and a huge feast with a special dance party. Event management company B Positive and the Pink City Canine Club were organizing the spectacle, which was to have taken place on Sunday in the northwestern town of Jaipur.

"In my opinion, marriage of dogs is cruelty on animals," said Naresh Kadyan, chairman of the People for Animals (PFA). "People hold the front legs of the dogs against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel."


The organizers said they were sorry for hurting people's sentiments but added they still planned to go ahead with the other events, including a beauty pageant for "unmarried dogs."


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