Urge Tamil Nadu to Expedite Closure of Cruel Dog-Breeding Unit

As a result of a case filed by PETA India in the Madras High Court which was critical of the Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department's dog-breeding unit (DBU), an inspection of the facility was ordered by the court – prompting the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to recommend that the DBU be shut down.


An inspection authorised by the AWBI and conducted by PETA India in 2013 revealed that dogs at the facility were kept constantly confined to kennels that had hard floors and nothing soft to rest on. Some dogs spent their days in lonely isolation, deprived of the companionship and interaction that all dogs need and crave. The dogs were fed only once a day and not provided with enough water. Intestinal parasites, flea infestations and mange plagued many dogs at the facility, including one who had apparently been suffering from demodectic mange for five months.

A recent inspection of the DBU conducted by AWBI-authorised inspectors found dogs suffering from a high prevalence of skin diseases, pressure sores and ectoparasites and a high mortality rate – which has been an issue since AWBI's first inspection of the facility in 2013.

The report further revealed that the DBU failed to comply with important terms and conditions set forth by the AWBI while registering dogs at the facility under the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, and failed to implement important standard operating procedures.

PETA continues to urge the government of Tamil Nadu to close the unit immediately and redirect its funding towards animal birth control programmes in the state and efforts to encourage citizens to adopt dogs from animal shelters or the streets.

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