With an aim to check cruelty to animals by pet shop owners, the UT administration has issued guidelines and banned the display of the pets outside the shops and cramming them in one cage.
The departments such as wildlife and forests, the police authorities, the revenue department and non-government organisations (NGOs) working in Chandigarh will also assist the administration to stop the cruelty against animals.
Under the title “the pet shop owners/breeders guidelines”, the UT administration has stated that no pet shop should sell any animal or bird intended to be used for food. Pets and birds should not be exhibited and traded like commodities and should not be crammed in cages outside shops along with hoardings or in the open outside shops.
The guidelines further state that a pet shop should not be situated next to butcher shop where the carcass of slaughtered animals and birds are hung and should be at least 50 metres away.
“The species, breed, age, number of pets and birds for the sale should be prominently displayed on the board and no live animal or bird can be given as prize, or inducement to enter any contest, game or any other competition. The pets and animals cannot be old at the early age, which is at least eight weeks. Pregnant animals should not also be put on sale and sold pets should be primarily vaccinated,”the guidelines read. Besides, the pet shop staff should have an adequate knowledge of feeding, watering, management, handling, vaccination schedules, emergency care, veterinary aid, euthanasia and protocols, which should also be maintained and followed. The shop owner should also follow the suitable disaster, evacuation and recovery plans.
A fortnightly health check-up of birds and pets is mandatory, the record for which should be properly maintained. The owner needs to give an authenticated bill to the customer with all information pertaining to the pet or bird.
No pet or bird shall be left in the premises of pet shop at night without an attendant. Animals with different species and different age group and birds shall not be kept in same cage to avoid the fear of quarrel amongst them.