Animal Welfare Board comes to the rescue of Pet Owners
14 Mar 2014
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How many times have you had an argument with your society’s managing committee that you cannot have a dog in the compound? In fact there have been numerous instances that I can recall when people have shared that how they will love to keep a dog but their society does not allow him to do so. Is this something that you can relate to yourself. There is someone to listen to you now. The Animal Welfare Board of India has now consulted a legal team for the appropriate and correct positioning of the pet ownership.
As we mentioned earlier there are a number of housing societies that have formulated and imposed their own laws regarding pet keeping. One of the most common one is that you cannot take your pet for a walk within the society premises and there are some societies that levy a special charge on them.
The Animal Welfare Board of India says that they have been receiving regular complaints about housing societies framing laws for pet dogs and pet owners that is if they want to keep dogs with them. The Board feels that Mumbai and Delhi are one of the worst cities in that respect.
Recently the board has been receiving regular complains for the same. So the burning question her is that whether the housing societies has any right to formulate these laws. The Board clarifies in one of their official statement that they have no whatsoever right to do so or levy any law.
In the past also courts have always ruled in the favour of the pet owners. There have been instances when families have been stopped from coming into the premises because they have a pet. In such cases the housing society has been penalised for imposing such rules on pet owners. These cases have been contested in the consumer court. Here, the court treats the family residing in the housing society as the consumer.
This is a respite for all those who want to keep an adorable pet in the premises of their home but cannot do so because of some management committee that has formulated regulations, which does not allow pets to come into their compound. According to the Animal Welfare Board even if the majority of citizens do not like pets on the premises then also it is against the law. It may come as a surprise to some of you but no housing colony can even ban your pets from entering the society lifts or parks. Even incessant barking is not a valid reason to ban pets.
This is a fundamental right of every Indian citizen, the freedom to choose the life they wish to live can override any such ban imposed by the Housing societies on their residents.
The Animal Welfare Board of India, the first of its kind to be established by any Government in the world, was set up in 1962, in accordance with Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 (No.59 of 1960).
Its functions include keeping the Act under constant study and to advise the government on the amendments to be undertaken in the law from time to time, and to advise the Government on any matter connected with animal welfare or the prevention of infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals.