Hyderabad: It is mandatory for all pet shop owners and persons who are into the business of pet animals will now have to obtain a registration certificate from the State Animal Welfare Board.
With the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change notifying Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018, it has now become mandatory for them to get a registration certificate from respective State boards. Persons who are already operating pet shops will have to apply for registration within the next 60 days.
“Pet shops, that are operating without a valid registration certificate or those that do not get a certificate within the specified time frame, will result in the sealing of the pet shop. Animals confiscated from such shops shall be sent to an animal welfare organisation recognised by the board,” the notification said.
The Humane Society of India (HSI) and People for Animals (PFA), voluntary organisations that made series of representations to the Ministry apprising about the issue, welcomed the notification and pointed out that the challenge now is in implementing it.
“The notification of these rules is half the battle won, and what we now await is a thorough implementation of the rules to ensure that no pet shop owner is allowed to thrive illegally,” says Gauri Maulekhi, trustee at PFA and government liaison officer for HSI, India.
Registration applications have to be made to the State Animal Welfare Board with a non-refundable fee of Rs 5,000. The pet shops that have applied for registration will be inspected by authorised teams and then the State board will recommend for the registration.
“The new rules have standardised accommodation, infrastructure, housing, general care, veterinary care and other operational requirements in a pet shop. Every pet shop owner shall maintain a record book with the particulars of breeders and suppliers of pet animals, trade transactions and their details,” said Deputy Director, HSI, India, Alokparna Sengupta.