Award-winning actor, singer and former TV anchor Ayushmann Khurrana stars in a brand-new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Pointing to a condom he’s holding in his other hand and next to the caption “If They Could, They Would! Dogs Can’t Use a Condom, so Have Them Sterilized”, the PETA photo was shot by ace photographer Colston Julian. Khurrana’s hair was done by Rijvan Ali, and Rashid Sayyad did his make-up.
In India, tens of millions of homeless cats and dogs struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry, are hit by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. PETA also encourages all prospective cat and dog guardians always to adopt from an animal shelter or take in a homeless animal from the streets and never buy from a breeder or a pet shop – both of which only add to the problem.
“Cats and dogs can’t use condoms. But we can get them sterilised and stop the overpopulation,” Khurrana says. “Of course, it’s very cruel to kill ‘community dogs,’ and by killing community dogs, it’s not a solution because the territory can be taken by other dogs. So ultimately, it’s better to adopt dogs, and sterilisation is the best solution,” he added.