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Indian Canine Marriage Ceremonies Cancelled After Religious and Activist Groups Complain

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Joy  |  Dec 18th 2006


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Canine marriage goes to the dogs in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A Hindu wedding ceremony of 18 dogs has been called off in India after hard-line religious groups and animal rights activists said it was a mockery of the religion and cruel to the canines, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The marriage of nine dogs to nine bitches to promote canine culture was expected to take place on Sunday in the north-western town of Jaipur, the Times of India reported.

But the wedding which, according to Hindu rituals involves sitting in front of a sacred fire and exchanging flower garlands, was cancelled after groups including People for Animals (PFA) criticised the event.

The marriage would also 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 organising the spectacle.

“In my opinion, marriage of dogs is cruelty on animals,” the newspaper quoted the PFA’s chairman Naresh Kadyan as saying.

“People hold the front legs of the dogs against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel. The lights, noise, sound used in these kinds of events also hurt them.”

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