We, the undersigned NGOs, Friendicose-SECA, Wildlife SOS, Citizens for the Welfare and Protection of Animals (regd.) and International Organization for the Protection of Animals (OIPA) and PFA, Haryana strongly condemn the commercial breeding of exotic and companion animals by private persons. There is no kindness in trafficking in wildlife and continuously breeding animals for the purpose of profit.
We are therefore surprised to know that some animal breeders and exotic animal traders have chosen fool the public by grouping under the banner of ‘Pet Lovers Association’ and calling themselves ‘animal lovers’ whose mission is to promote ‘compassion towards animals’ by breeding and selling animals.
TRADE IN EXOTIC SPECIES BY BREEDERS:
Breeders are creating a consumer market for endangered species by selling exotic species and this is against the spirit of international cooperation endorsed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) of which India is a member country. CITES is an international agreement between governments on trade in specimens of wild animals and plants. To implement it requires coordination between countries. India cannot demand cooperation from other countries to control trafficking in rhino horns and ivory products if some persons irresponsibly create a consumer market for the Brazilian macaw and North American snake varieties.
The situation is worsened by a complete absence of laws to protect and monitor imported exotic wildlife species imported by breeders. If released into local ecosystems by accident or design, such a biological invasion of non-native species (by predation, competition and spread of disease) can have a far reaching impact on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and development.
But trafficking in rare and exotic wildlife is big business in India! And it is being conducted in utter anarchy in a legal vacuum. Every year, hundreds of animals enter the exotic pet trade but no governmental authority will own the responsibility of tracking imported exotic animals and ascertaining whether they have been released into the local habitat.
WE BELIEVE THAT :
- the only way to stop the proliferation of the exotic animal trade and the suffering in it causes is to stop the breeding, bartering, trading, and sale of exotic animals for personal profit and amusement, and to teach the public that wild animals belong in the wild, not in our homes
TRADE IN COMPANION ANIMALS BY BREEDERS:
There has been a proliferation of ‘backyard breeders’ in the NCT of Delhi of late. These persons do not care or know about genetics and bloodlines, do not properly screen potential buyers, raise the animals in poor conditions and practice irresponsible inbreeding as a result of which more and more cases of dogs with hip dyspepsia, epilepsy, respiratory ailments, kidney failure, umbilical hernias, heart murmurs, eye defects, hemophilia, problematic pregnancies, etc. are brought to veterinary clinics. These are a direct consequence of breeding brother to sister or parent to child.
We are appalled by the lack of responsibility taken by government officials in keeping a check on the inhumane conditions of commercial breeding kennels in Delhi. Such establishments are a disgrace to our community. While there are laws worldwide to check and control commercial breeding, there are no laws in current usage to keep a check on whether adequate care is being provided to animals bred for commerce by breeders and whether they are living in substandard living conditions in effort to increase profit.
WE THEREFORE DEMAND :
- That breeders provide (a) breeding charts, (b) documentary proof on whether they have bred dogs that at least two years old, (c) proof whether a resting period has been maintained for bitches between litters, (d) whether they have been tested for any genetic health problems before the breeding, and (e) information on what happens to animals when they cannot breed anymore.
- That checks be implemented by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi/Animal Welfare Division (Ministry of Environment and Forests) to ensure that breeders (a) compulsorily provide information on the health testing of most of the immediate relatives of the animals bred, (b) offer a guarantee against genetic health problems, (c) rationalize the prices of dogs and (d) provide authentic papers with animals sold by them.
- That the Animal Welfare Division and the Wildlife authorities (a) take strict action against those breeders who import and breed exotic species of monkeys like marmosets, snakes, tortoises and fishes as pets, (b) immediately rectify the lacunae in the Wildlife Protection Act that allows such wildlife species exemption from seizure, (c) track such animals imported and provide proof to the public that such species have not been dispersed into the environment by the breeders by accident or design thus causing an unquantifiable disturbance to the ecology.
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED NGOs:
- oppose the mass breeding of animals for profit because of the suffering, exploitation and trauma of the animals involved. It is foolish that on the one hand the Municipal Corporation of Delhi sterilizes dogs and on the other hand allows the unchecked breeding to carry on without controls.
- believe that as a society we have domesticated the dog and the cat and in doing so now have a responsibility to treat them as domestic animals and not livestock.
- support the elimination of breeding establishments through enactment of new legislation, and public education to eliminate the market for such animals.
- oppose the deliberate capture and confinement, import and the breeding of wild or exotic animals as pets.
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF PETS FROM ANIMAL SHELTERS. COMPASSION IS NOT A TRADE. DOMESTICATED ANIMALS ARE COMPANIONS NOT A COMMODITY TO BE SOLD FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROFIT BY BREEDERS.
EXOTIC ANIMALS ARE BEST LEFT IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
There are rules & laws to handle the cruelty towards animals in NCR Delhi but the implementation of these laws are very..very poor, people keep pets with out registration with the competent authorities as there are no rules for dog knells - breeders along with fish aquarium in this region, people import-breed & keep the exotic animals / birds in cages for profit under cover pet but the intention is to get financial gain - business, there are no checks & monitoring at the level of administration, due to this illegal trade - the Govt authorities loosing the big amount as sales tax. Under the cover of illegal pet trade, people involved in this business hurt the genuine Indian endangered species & the protected animals also comes in market for sale / purchase, now this is the demand :-
1. Formation of the law / rules for Dog knells - breeders / pet shops in residential area be closed
2. Formation of the law / rules for the fish aquariums.
3. Formation of the law / rules for the protection of the exotic animals & birds.
4. Monitoring of existing laws implementation & control over the export - import
of the animals.
5.The violation of the law & rules should be a cognizable offense in legal terms
along with major punishment.
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The truth behind the formation of the PET LOVERS ASSOCIATION :-
New Delhi, June 10 Former environment minister Maneka Gandhi has accused the Delhi Police of sheltering a petshop owner, whose establishment was detected doing brisk business in endangered birds and reptiles in a raid last month.
While Gandhi says the police is dragging its feet on the case, officers of the force said they have “instructions” not to take action against the owner, curiously terming it as a “VIP case”.
Gandhi’s NGO People for Animals (PFA) had been alerted last month that ‘The Petshop’ — located in the basement of Greenview Apartments in New Mangalpuri — sold endangered Macaws, turtles and lizards. The PFA spoke to the police and accompanied a team on May 20 for the raid.
Gandhi said several species covered under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) were found in the shop and were photographed. Subsequently, a joint report (in possession of Newsline) prepared by Wildlife Inspector R R Meena and Mehrauli police station Sub Inspector A K Singh detailed that five American red-eared sliders (turtles), corn snakes and candy canes (snakes) had been found on the shop’s shelves. The report mentions the owner as one Jayesh Mathur of Dwarka.
Three weeks later, when Newsline visited the raided establishment, it appeared to be business as usual. Present at that time in the shop was one Dhirendra Swarup, who flaunted a pair of blue and golden Macaws to this correspondent. “This pair is worth Rs 1.8 lakh,” Swarup said. However, other protected species such as the snakes and turtles — photographed during the raid — were missing from the shelves. Trade in foreign birds is restricted by the CITES.
But nothing happened after the raid. Maneka Gandhi said, “A few days ago, we got a call from a district forest officer who asked us to back off, saying this was a VIP case and that no action would be taken against the owner.”
On the other hand, senior officers who would not be named, said they were troubled over this “VIP petshop” but would say no more. Delhi Police’s spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “No animal was confiscated during the raid. We spoke to the wildlife inspector who said the animals found were not covered under the Wildlife Protection Act.”
Maneka Gandhi said the matter was then taken to the Wildlife Crime Branch in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Gandhi said, “Its head M B Lall has said the Ministry is examining the case.” But when Newsline contacted Lall, he said, “I have no idea about this. This case comes under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Wildlife Department.”
Gandhi said when the PFA confronted the government to check if the owner had the necessary papers to do business in these animals, they were shown a “few baseless permits”. These papers include a letter from a firm in Singapore permitting the export of 12 turtles as personal pets flown in on March 9, 2005.
In the same bunch was another interesting letter (dated April 11, 2005) from the Animal Quarantine Service, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in Kapashera. This letter said the department had no objection to the import of “65 reptiles” from Singapore.
Gandhi said, “The permission to import from Singapore was for 12 turtles, but the Quarantine service in India okayed 65. On top of this, a permission from Singapore doesn’t entitle anyone to bring in animals without India’s permission.”