Monday, 30 January 2012

Eye on pet welfare, city to get new laws in 10 days

CHANDIGARH: Next time you visit a pet shop and find improper arrangements/treatment with the animal, you can immediately inform the UT administration for action against the owner.

With a view to keeping an eye on the mushrooming of pet shops and to ensure that pets are supplied adequate food and water, not sold at a tender age and without licence, Chandigarh administration has decided to implement the Pet Shop Rules, 2010, in city. With this, Chandigarh will be the first city in country to implement the said rules.

Confirming the development, UT joint director (animal husbandry) Dr Lavlesh Kant Gupta told TOI on Saturday that Chandigarh administration has nominated the animal husbandry as nodal agency for the implementation of rules. He added that the department would prepare the guidelines of rules within 10 days and thereafter it would be notified for implementation. He also added that once notified, Chandigarh would become role model in country for implementing these rules.

A meeting for implementation of rules was held on Friday by UT administration in which various NGOs of city, including Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animal (SPCA), People for Animals (PFA), and the officials of municipal corporation (MC) Chandigarh. NGOs would assist the administration in strict implementation of rules. As of now there was no deterrent law specific to ensure humane handling and comfort to animals in pet shops.

Member of Animal Welfare Board of India and eminent veterinarian of city, Dr J C Kochar, said though it is delayed move, it's a good start to eliminate the cruelty to animals in the city and would also end the hazardous breeding of pets for making fast money.

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