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Chennai Breeding Unit Gets Three Months to Improve [News]

07 Aug 2014 | by Neha Manchanda | Posted in: Wag News


A dog breeding center in Saidapet Chennai has been granted three months by the Madras High Court to improve its facilities as per the regulations laid down by the Animal Welfare Board of India. The ruling was passed after PETA and E Sheshan filed a PIL against the center.

The dog breeding center, which is being run by the Animal Husbandry Department of Tamil Nadu, was set up in 1980 - 81 for preserving native dog breeds such as Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, Kombai. However, at present it is breeding breeds of foreign origin. 

In an audit conducted by the Animal Welfare Board, it was found that the unit was not functioning in accordance to the regulations set down by the Board. It was found that the unit was not registered with the Board and was in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1980 and the rules under the Act. The Board had recommended that the unit should be closed down as it had grossly violated the rules especially on account of cruelty and illegality.

The unit was also found misusing the funds that were originally directed towards the State Animal Birth Control  Programme meant to encourage adoption of dogs from animal shelters or streets. The main points that were raised by the bench and petitioners were:

  • The unit provides proper and expert medical care, food, exercise and maintenance to the animals without subjecting them to cruelty as defined under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
  • That the Unit uses the funds towards the Animal Birth Control Programme and encourage adoption of dogs.
  • The unit should provide treatment and care to the dogs rescued from the streets before they are adopted from the shelter. 

It was recommended by the board that after three months, a fresh inspection will be carried out by the Board and in case no improvement has been found, the unit will be forced to shut down. The petition was also filed under Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department.

Source: Zee News

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