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August 31, 2015

Law Commission Recommends Regulation of Dog Breeders, Pet Shops and Aquariums

Humane Society International/India

  • Photos by Snorkel Bob, Himself, from his new book, Some Fishes I Have Known (Skyhorse, N.Y.)

In its report ‘Need to Regulate Pet Shops and Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding’, the Law Commission of India has recommended that the Central Government regulate the trade in pet shops and dog and aquarium fish breeding practices, and take cognizance of the issue. Further, the Commission observed that the draft rules on Pet Shops, Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding, which have been pending since 2010, must be notified and implemented at the earliest. Animal welfare organizations including Humane Society International/India, People for Animals and Blue Cross of Hyderabad had sought Law Commissions intervention in this matter.

Gauri Maulekhi, HSI/India consultant and PFA Trustee said, “The Pet Shops and Dogs and Aquarium Fish Breeding Rules are long awaited and it’s imperative that the government regulate an industry that involves millions of animals. We welcome the Law Commission of India’s recommendations and hope that the Central Government notifies these rules at the earliest.”

N. G Jayasimha, managing director, HSI/India said, “The Government of India has wrongly hid behind the veil that the Prevention of Cruelty Act lacks enabling provisions to regulate this trade. The Law Commission of India’s report now clarifies the erroneous stand of the Government. It’s time that the Central Government steps up to its role and regulates the trade.”
Note: Copy of the report available on request.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee, nmukherjee@hsi.org

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