April 28, 2016
India Bans Import of Dogs for Breeding
Humane Society International/India and People for Animals applaud historic move
Animal protection groups welcome the ban on importing dogs for breeding. The notification comes after Humane Society International/India and People for Animals urged the Director General of Foreign Trade to take action in light of significant animal welfare concerns associated with not only the shipping but also with the importation of breeds of dogs not suitable for the country’s tropical climate, such as St. Bernards, Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes.
Gauri Maulekhi, HSI/India representative and PFA Trustee said, “We commend the Director General of Foreign Trade for this historic ban that will prevent the suffering of thousands of dogs. Our shelters are inundated with cases of abandoned imported breed dogs who are usually left out because the owners do not have a fair understanding of the breed’s requirements. We now hope that the government complements this decision by enacting the pet shop and breeder regulations as recommended by the law commission of India, so that people only get their pets from shelters and responsible breeders.”
Please call HSI/India’s tip line number 07674922044 to report any suspected offenders.
Last year, the Law Commission had published a report on the ‘Need to Regulate Pet Shops and Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding’ recommending that the Central Government regulate the trade in pet shops and dog and aquarium fish breeding practices, and take cognizance of the issue. The Pet Shop, Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding Rules are pending notification with Government of India.
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