Your Golden Retriever is likely to beat you in the race for a unique identification number. That's not all.
If states adopt the Union environment ministry’s new rules “to improve the living condition of pet dogs”, you will be breaking a law by subjecting your pet to temperatures over 29.5 degrees Celsius.
The rules notified under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 also prohibit incest or inter-species breeding. Eighteen months has been prescribed as the minimum age of breeding but only after a vet recommends it.
Animal rights groups, the pressure group that forced the ministry to formulate the rules in the first place to “curb inhuman treatment of dogs and puppies at breeding centres”, claim local bodies would struggle to implement the norms.
“We will get beaten up. Nobody will allow us to enter homes to inspect the well-being of pets,” a Municipal Corporation of Delhi official said on the condition of anonymity.
Another rule states keeping a pet would be allowed only after the local body provides the unique id number.
Animal consultants claim while some rules would allow authorities to harass individual pet owners, others are simply impractical.
“The intention is good but will the government terminate a pregnancy in case of a multi-species breeding,” asked Demetrius Issac, chief consultant of Chennai-based Peagasus Animal Consultancy.