Tamil Nadu Dog-Breeding Facility Must Close, Says AWBI
As a result of a case filed by PETA India in the Madras High Court that is critical of the Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department’s dog-breeding unit (DBU), a fresh inspection of the facility was ordered by the court – prompting the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to recommend that the DBU be shut down. The inspection was conducted by AWBI-authorised inspectors from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, the Animal and Fisheries Resources Department of Bihar and Animal Rahat – an animal-protection organisation focused on veterinary intervention.
As per a 4 August 2014 order of the court, the DBU was given three months to improve, and if it failed to do so, the court stated that the final decision on the facility’s future would rest with the AWBI.
Inspectors found that many dogs at the DBU were suffering from skin diseases, pressure sores and ectoparasites and that there was also a high mortality rate – which has been an issue since the AWBI’s first inspection of the facility in 2013.
Dogs at the DBU were kept constantly confined without any enrichment, and many of them showed signs of stress and depression, including a male Sippiparai named Pandy, who constantly bit the bars of his kennel.
Despite the facility’s policy of “de-ticking” all animals once a week, two dogs were found covered with ticks. Many of the animals kept at the facility also suffered from dermatitis or mange – both painful skin conditions – including a Rajapalayam named Priya, who had dermatitis on her face, legs and tail.
The Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department claims that the DBU exists to promote breeds found in Tamil Nadu, including the Rajapalayam – which, unsurprisingly, experts agree is prone to deafness and has a shorter life span, numerous health problems and an extremely weak immune system because of deliberate breeding for certain physical traits, such as white skin and a rosy nose.
All types of dogs – pedigrees included – are frequently abandoned and end up in Tamil Nadu’s severely crowded animal shelters, on the streets with India’s homeless-dog community or being shuttled from house to house for their entire lives as buyers tire of them.
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