Government Proposes Ban on “Dangerous” Dog Breeds

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Following recent deadly dog attacks, the government is pushing for a ban on importing, breeding, and selling several dog breeds considered “dangerous.” These breeds include Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Terriers, Wolf dogs, and Mastiffs, along with mixed and cross breeds.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has advised all states to stop granting licenses or permits for selling and breeding these breeds. This decision comes after a committee of experts and animal welfare bodies conducted a report, prompted by an order from the Delhi High Court.

According to an official release, dogs from these banned breeds already kept as pets will be sterilized to prevent further breeding. The list of banned breeds includes various types of mastiffs, rottweilers, terriers, and others.

Furthermore, the government is urging local bodies to issue implementation guidelines. This action follows concerns raised by citizens and welfare organizations, along with the Delhi High Court’s directive on prohibiting certain dog breeds as pets.

Previously, the Delhi High Court instructed the Union of India to speed up the decision-making process on this issue. In response, the government has asked states to ensure enforcement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules 2017 and 2018 by local bodies and state animal welfare boards.

The aim of this move is to safeguard human lives from potential harm caused by aggressive dog breeds and ensure the safety of communities nationwide.