The Indian People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday presenting new evidence of dog cruelty to the Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry Dog Breeding Unit, Dairy and Fisheries Department ( DBU) in Saidapet, Chennai.
The affidavit claimed that the dogs were imprisoned and deprived of exercise and socialization. Despite being a government center, the DBU breeds dogs for sale to the public, PETA India said.
PETA India’s investigative report found that the state government provided the Supreme Court with allegedly fabricated photographs showing the proper treatment of animals, following a petition challenging the 2015 order of the High Madras Court. The petition had ordered the DBU to shut down for failing to provide basic dog care and for failing to abide by the terms and conditions set by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body under the Ministry of ‘Environment, Forests and Climate Change. and register breeders.
âThe PETA India investigator visited the DBU from March 12-14, 2018 and documented that none of the adult dogs or puppies were allowed to play, exercise or socialize at any time in the areas. of the establishment designated for this purpose, âsaid Mr. Sachin. Bangera, associate director of celebrity and public relations, PETA India, said in a press release Tuesday.
He further stated that photos and video footage taken by PETA India prove that this contradicts what the DBU stated in its daily activity chart, which was filed through an affidavit to Supreme Court and states that dogs are taken for exercise and socialization for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
The dog socialization pitch was in a state of total neglect and indicated that the pitch had likely been unused for several months except for unsavory activities, the head of PETA India said.
Such constant confinement of dogs, as documented at the DBU, is an apparent violation of rule 24 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding and Marketing of Dogs) Rules 2017 and Section 11 (g ) of the Cruelty to Animals Prevention Act. , 1960, said the press release from PETA India.
“The dog breeding unit has shown once again that it cannot or will not provide dogs with basic necessities like exercise and socialization,” said Swati Sumbly, senior legal partner at PETA India, adding: “This cruel dog prison tampered with evidence before the Supreme Court, and PETA India is calling for its immediate closure.”
PETA India began legal action against DBU after a 2013 inspection authorized by AWBI found dogs were constantly confined to kennels without exercise, socialization or grooming. In December 2016, the Madras High Court ordered the closure of the DBU within two months.
In January 2017, the state government of Tamil Nadu challenged the order in the Supreme Court and in February 2016, the Supreme Court stayed the order. In March 2017, the state filed an 18-page affidavit, along with 13 allegedly recent photographs from the DBU, claiming that it complied with Indian animal welfare laws.