BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to regulate pet shops and check unauthorised dog breeding. Among its reasons is revenue loss in the absence of license fees on pets and pet shops as well as cruelty to canines in an industry which is not only informative but also growing.
BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad has written to animal husbandry department commissioner UP Singh, asking him to set up a state animal welfare board. “Request that the board be constituted at the earliest so that dog breeders and pet shop owners can be regulated,” read the two-page note.
Prasad said constitution of animal welfare board itself is a mandate by the orders of the Supreme Court and directions issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India. Prasad said dog breeding in itself has become a highly remunerative industry, involving thousands of breeders and pet shops. “Due to lack of appropriate care, pups from mass commercial breeders are often diseased, weak and generally unhealthy, resulting in heavy mortality. They are often found abandoned and puts pressure on the city’s limited medical and hospital infrastructure,” he wrote.
Prasad said pet shops are opened without licensing and proper facilities. “Regulation is a must to ensure breeders and pet shop owners follow the laid-out norms to prevent any kind of cruelty to animals and ensure transparency in the system. In the absence of regulations, it’s impossible for BBMP to control the growing number of breeders.”
BBMP is also losing out on revenue from pet and pet shop license fees, which could have otherwise been collected and used for animal welfare activities, he added.