Pet shops to be regulated

Stricter rules soon to prevent animals from abuse.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Dec 2016  11:19 pmUpdated: 16th Dec 2016  11:31 pm
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Hyderabad: The Union Government is all set to notify rules for pet shops that will regulate — among other practices — the capture, housing, breeding and transportation of animals sold in the pet trade, a statement from the Human Society of International (HSI), India, and People for Animals (PFA) said.

According to members from HSI and PFA, many animals in the pet trade don’t survive the trauma of being transported in small cages, often without adequate water, food or any other form of relief. Some of the cruel practices that animals have to endure in pet shops include de-beaking, tail-docking, feather plucking, nail clipping and de-clawing.

“We commend the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for their foresighted policy that will prevent tens of thousands of animals from abuse in the pet shop industry. We urge the Union government to notify these rules soon and duly implement them to ensure that animals are not subjected to cruel treatment at the hands of illegal pet shop owners,” said PFA trustee Gauri Maulekhi in a statement.

According to HSI, pet stores often sell un-weaned pups, and house animals in deplorable conditions with no veterinary attention for fatal illnesses or even for the general well-being of these animals. In-breeding, lack of proper nutrition and lack of opportunity to express normal behaviour are also common. Also, the pet shops grossly violate the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, as many exotic and native wild animals are openly sold in pet shops, the voluntary groups said.