Government to ban Pitbull, other dog breeds considered ‘dangerous for humans’ after PETA’s recommendation

The Centre on Wednesday wrote to chief secretaries of states and Union territories to ensure prohibition on sale, breeding or even keeping foreign dog breeds that are mostly used for illegal fighting and attack, news agency ANI reported.

The Animal Husbandry Ministry has asked states and Union territories to ensure that no licences or permissions are issued for the sale, breeding and keeping of pit bulls and other breeds which are “dangerous for human life”.

Additionally, an expert committee, chaired by the commissioner of Animal Husbandry, has also recommended prohibiting the import of such dog breeds.

The move comes days after appeals from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to protect dogs commonly exploited by criminal elements of society for illegal dogfighting, as well as children and elderly citizens who are often injured or even killed by some breeds of dogs.

“This order is key toward providing vital protection for both humans and dogs and sends a strare commonly bred to be used in illegal fighting or kept on heavy chains as attack dogs, resulting in a lifetime of suffering,” ANI quoted Shaurya Agarwal, PETA India Advocacy Associate as saying.

The directive also comes as a response to the alarming increase in severe and fatal attacks by pit bulls and related dog breeds in several parts of the country.

Recent incidents include a toddler hospitalised for 17 days with a broken leg after a pit bull bite in Delhi, a man provoking his pit bull to attack a neighbour in the capital, and a pit bull critically injuring a ten-year-old child in Ghaziabad.

Furthermore, the Centre has called for the enforcement of the Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017 and the Pet Shop Rules 2018 as PETA warned that most pet shops and breeders operate illegally, lacking registration with state animal welfare boards.

“They (pet shops) also deprive dogs for proper veterinary care and adequate food, exercise, affection and opportunities for socialisation,” the animal body said.

Dogs that have been recommended to be prohibited include breeds such as pit bull terriers, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasilerio, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerboel, Kangal, various shepherd dogs, Tornjak, Bandog, Sarplaninac, Japanese Tosa, Akita, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Rhodesian Ridgeback, wolf dogs, Canario, Akbash, and Moscow Guarddog.

Published By:

Sahil Sinha

Published On:

Mar 13, 2024

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