Environment minister has recently unveiled draft rules for
the prevention of cruelty to dogs, seeking to make dog breeders and sellers
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and
Marketing) Rules, 2016, propose to make it mandatory for all dog breeders
and dog breeding establishments to register themselves with the animal
welfare bodies of state governments.
They also define the breeding requirements/conditions for
sale, the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used
for breeding or housing dogs.
They address issues such as health requirements and housing
facilities for dogs, conditions for their sale, breeding, micro-chipping and
The rules also make it mandatory for dog breeders to
maintain proper records of dogs, their breeds, micro-chip numbers, sale and
purchase, death and rehabilitation etc.
As per rules, every dog breeder would be required to submit
yearly reports to the state boards regarding animals sold, traded, bartered
or given away in the previous year.
An inspector authorised by the State Board can inspect the
Non-compliance of the proposed Rules will lead to
cancellation of the registration of the dog breeder.