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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016 Notified
Dec 26, 2016

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The Government has issued the notification for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016.

Objective:   The objective of these rules is to make pet shops accountable and to prevent cruelty inflicted on animals kept in such pet shops. 

The proposed Rules provide as under:

  1. It will be mandatory for all pet shop owners to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective State Governments/Union Territories.
  2. Such shops will be registered only after inspection by the representatives of State Board, a veterinary practitioner and a representative of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  3. The rules define space requirement for birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pig, hamster, rats and mice in the pet shops.
  4. It defines the basic amenities, power back-up, general care, veterinary care and other operational requirement for animals kept in pet shops.
  5. It is mandatory to maintain proper records of sale, purchase, death of animals in pet shop, sick animals etc.
  6. Every pet shop owner is required to submit yearly report to the State Board regarding animals, sold, traded, bartered, brokered, given away, boarded or exhibited during previous year, or any other information asked for by the State Board.

Violation of Rules: Non-compliance of the proposed rules will lead to cancellation of registration of pet shop and pet animals so confiscated, shall be handed over to an Animal Welfare Organisation, or a rescue centre recognised by the Board.

THE ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA:

  • The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory, advisory body, advising the Government of India on animal welfare laws, and promotes animal welfare in the country of India
  • It was Established in 1962 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the Animal Welfare Board of India was started under the stewardship of Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, well known humanitarian.

Functions of ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD:

  • To keep the law in force in India for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals under constant study and to advise the government on the amendments to be undertaken in any such law from time to time.
  • To advise the Central Government on the making of rules under the Act with a view to preventing unnecessary pain or suffering to animals.
  • To advise the Government or any local authority or other person on improvements in the design of vehicles so as to lessen the burden on draught animals.
  • To take all such steps as the Board may think fit for amelioration of animals by encouraging or providing for the construction of sheds, water troughs and by providing for veterinary assistance to animals.
  • To encourage by the grant of financial assistance or otherwise, the formation or establishment of Pinjarapoles, rescue homes, animals shelters, sanctuaries and the like, where animals and birds may find a shelter when they have become old and useless or when they need protection.
  • To co-operate with and co-ordinate the work of associations or bodies established for the purpose of preventing unnecessary pain or suffering to animals or for the protection of animals and birds.
  • To give financial assistance and other assistance to Animal Welfare Organisation functioning in any local area or to encourage the formation of Animal Welfare Organisations in any local area which shall work under the general supervision and guidance of the Board.
  • To advise the Government on matters relating to the medical care and attention which may be provided in animal hospitals.
  • To impart education in relation to the humane treatment of animals and to encourage the formation of public opinion against the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to animals.
  • To advise the Government on any matter connected with animal welfare or the Prevention of infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals.A

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