Urge Tamil Nadu to Expedite Closure of Cruel Dog-Breeding
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.
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.
You Can Help
Please help us speak up for dogs by calling
for the closure of the dog-breeding unit