By Muhammad Suaib Khan
New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): Recently, several cases of attacks by dogs of different breeds have come to light in Delhi-NCR. Breeds like German Shepherd, Pitbull, Great Dane, Boxer, Labrador, Rottweiler, Pug and Golden Retriever become aggressive due to lack of proper training and environment.
Most pet shops and breeders are not registered in India. Due to the illegal breeding of dogs, changes occur in their DNA. According to experts, dogs attack because they are forcibly kept at home. Because they are not used to staying within four walls, their nature changes. Foreign breeds are also sold illegally in different parts of the country.
Various NGOs have urged Fisheries, Livestock and Dairying Minister Parshottam Rupala to urgently amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding and Marketing of Dogs) Rules, 2017. ‘Bully breeds’ like ‘Pitbulls’. At the same time, there is a demand to ban illegal pet stores and breeders, as well as to take measures against illegal dog fights.
Dev Rawat, a freelancer who has been working in dog training since 1995, told IANS: “The biggest problem is that dogs are not fed properly and they travel less. Most of the time, people adopt dogs as a hobby. In their work, they keep the dogs locked at home all day. That’s why the dog is nervous. begins to be”.
“Dogs are not properly trained. No breed of dog is dangerous, it’s more important how they are raised. Being tied up at home is one reason dogs bite.”
He said, “People in villages and villages often crossbreed dogs to earn money, which has started to breed illegally. No one has proper information about dogs.”
Gauri Maulekhi, a representative of People for Animals, told IANS, “Recent incidents of dog bites show that such dogs should not be sold. Many breeds of exotic dogs are not adapted to live in the Indian environment. The Indian government has created a dog. In 2017, breeder regulations are not being followed. , but the rules are not properly followed.”
“Dog breeders separate the puppies from their mothers before they are 8 weeks old. At the same time, if the breeding is not done correctly, the dog’s character changes and it gets diseases. People keep dogs in small houses, that’s why they attack them.”
Recently, a boy had to get 150 stitches in his face after being attacked by a ‘Pitbull’ dog.
In fact, breeders often sell dogs like the Pitbull without warning the public that these dogs are specifically bred to fight and attack. Pitbulls are believed to be of the “bully breed” originally bred for entertainment purposes, where dogs were provoked to attack captive bulls or bears. These dogs are now commonly used for illegal dog fighting, a form of gambling.
Dogs like pitbulls are deliberately bred to fight, trained to be violent, or chained and forcibly used as guard dogs. This abuse makes dogs fearful and defensive. Dogs are trained by many trainers with punishment rather than positive reinforcement.
PETA India told IANS, “Maneka Gandhi recently estimated that there are over one million illegal pet shops and breeders in the country. Recently, notices were issued to 67 illegal pet shops and 12 breeders in Hyderabad. Similarly, Delhi Animal Welfare The council also issued notices to 150 illegal pet shops and further directed the Municipal Corporation to take action against unregistered pet shops and breeders operating in the city.”
How many licensed trainers are there? “There is no requirement for a dog trainer license under any agency,” PETA India said in response to this question.
Experts said of the cross-breeding process: “Pet stores or breeders who feed female dogs in their centers deprive them of adequate food, medical care, exercise and social activities.”
Dogs of exotic breeds such as Boxers, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are widely characterized by genetic and hereditary diseases because these animals are bred for unnatural characteristics such as flat faces or long backs.