Dog breeding

draft dog breeding rules: No dog breeding without registration, says Center | India News

MUMBAI: In a welcome move for dogs across the country, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released draft rules to regulate dog breeding. Humane Society International/India and People for Animals played a significant role in drafting the rules and approached the judiciary for instructions in drafting the rules.
The draft rules known as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Trading Rules, 2017) prohibit the breeding, possession or harboring (for breeding) of dogs and puppies without registration. The rules also prescribe the requirements to be met by registered breeders for the breeding and housing of dogs. In addition, the government has set conditions for medical care, age, pet store licenses, record keeping and sterilization for the sale of these dogs.
Tens of thousands of dogs are illegally bred in deplorable conditions without proper medical care. Most often, unweaned puppies under 2 months old are sold to modest customers without any registration or records. Whelping mothers are constantly impregnated, which has an impact on their own health and the well-being of the puppies born.
Gauri Maulekhi, PFA Administrator and Government Liaison for HSI/India, said, “We are delighted with this new draft notification which will put an end to the irregular practice of this notorious industry. We commend the ministry for its vision and efforts to protect man’s best friend from exploitation and use as breeding machines in the livestock industry. We hope the Center will implement this as soon as possible.