Government Ban Certain Dog Breeds Amid Safety Concerns

Government Ban Certain Dog Breeds Amid Safety Concerns

The committee recommends prohibiting the import, breeding, sale, and ownership of these breeds...

 
Government of India Ban Dog

In a significant move, the Government of India is taking steps to address the growing concerns over the safety of citizens from dog bites by certain breeds. In a letter written by Dr. O.P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary, in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, after receiving numerous pleas from citizens and animal welfare organizations, has taken action following a directive from the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi. The court's order, issued on December 6, 2023, mandates a swift decision on the matter, urging a resolution within three months.

An expert committee, established by the Department and led by the Animal Husbandry Commissioner, conducted a thorough review involving various stakeholders. This committee has identified a list of dog breeds considered dangerous and ferocious, posing a risk to human life. The list includes breeds like Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerboel, Kangal, Central Asian Shepherd Dog (Ovcharkha), Caucasian Shepherd Dog (Ovcharkha), South Russian Shepherd Dog (Ovcharkha), Tornjak, Sarplaninac, Japanese Tosa and Akita, Mastiffs (boerbulls), Rottweiler, Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Wolf Dogs, Canario, Akbash Dog, Moscow Guard Dog, Cane Corso and every type of dogs commonly known as Ban Dog or Bandog. 

The committee recommends prohibiting the import, breeding, sale, and ownership of these breeds, including their crossbreeds. Local bodies and the Department of Animal Husbandry have been advised not to issue any licenses or permits for these activities. Furthermore, existing pets of these breeds should be sterilized to prevent further breeding.

The Central Government has previously issued the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2017, and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018, aiming to regulate pet ownership and breeding practices. The enforcement of these rules is entrusted to local bodies and state animal welfare boards, along with the Department of Animal Husbandry. They are now urged to ensure the strict implementation of these regulations to safeguard public safety and animal welfare.

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