PETA renews call to ban foreign dog breeds after second pit bull attack
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India, has renewed its call on the Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Products, Parshottam Rupala, to urgently amend the rules for the prevention of Animal Cruelty (Breeding and Marketing of Dogs), 2017, to ban the keeping, breeding and sale of foreign breeds of dogs bred for fighting and aggression, such as pit bulls, as well as dogs bred for illegal horse racing and brachycephalic dog breeds.
It comes in the wake of the second pit bull attack in Meerut where a teenager was seriously injured, just days after an elderly Lucknow woman was mauled to death by her son’s pit bull.
In a statement, PETA said brachycephalic dogs, such as pugs, suffer from breathing difficulties that often require corrective surgery.
PETA India is calling for central legal amendments meant to protect these breeds from such cruel exploitation.
PETA India Veterinary Policy Advisor Nithin Krishnegowda said: “The two consecutive attacks are a wake-up call that if India continues to allow the breeding of dogs typically used for cruel human exploits such as criminal dog fights, more people will do it. be hurt. A ban on all breeds used for illegal fighting and racing and those with breathing difficulties would prevent these dogs from being born only to face cruelty and suffering and would also protect many humans.
In India, inciting dogs to fight is illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) of 1960. fights the most abused dog breeds.
They are usually bred to be used in illegal fighting or kept on heavy chains as attack dogs, resulting in a life of suffering.
Many endure painful physical mutilation such as ear cropping, an illegal process of removing part of a dog’s ears to prevent another dog from grabbing them in a fight, thus losing the fight. In a fight, dogs are encouraged to continue until both dogs are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dies.
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), the statutory body established under Section 4 of the PCA Act of 1960, declares greyhound racing commonly held in Punjab to be illegal.
Meanwhile, foreign brachycephalic dogs such as pugs, popularized in India through advertisements, are known to suffer from severe respiratory problems such as brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome and eye and skin disorders.
Pugs and other brachycephalic dogs such as Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Lhasa Apsos are also prone to proptosis due to their shallow eye sockets, a condition in which the eye protrudes from its socket and requires surgical intervention. emergency.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels, also a brachycephalic breed, suffer from syringomyelia, a condition in which a dog’s skull is too small for its brain because they are bred for an abnormally small head.