NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Delhi Government to file a comprehensive affidavit as the AAP government is failing in its duty to regulate the pet shops in the national capital. The next hearing of the case is on July 14.
Notice was issued to the government by a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta.
The Court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by a group of people working for animal welfare arguing that the AAP government has failed to implement the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018.
During a hearing, it was stated that there are several unlicensed pet shops that keep and sell various breeds of animals (including exotic ones) and the life and liberty of these animals are at stake as they languish and die in miserable conditions due to lackadaisical discharge of responsibility by the government.
It is said that – ‘The Pet Shop Rules statutorily obligate the formation and functioning of State Animal Welfare Boards, which playa regulatory role overseeing animal trade and breeding including the registration of pet shops. Despite the notification of the Pet Shop Rules as far back as in 2018, the Respondents have blatantly ignored their responsibilities and have failed to register even a single Pet Shop in Delhi till date,”
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