New Delhi: Following suggestions from animal
rights activists, the government has revised the draft pet
shop rules 2010, making provisions for a defaulter to appeal
against show-cause notice apart from addressing other issues.
The draft rules, formulated by the ministry last month,
were meant to prevent cruelty to animals in pet shops by
ensuring they are supplied adequate food and drinking water,
not sold at a tender age besides taking steps to prevent their
unnatural deaths and spread of infectious diseases.
However, following objections from various quarters
including animal rights activists and lawyers opposing the
draft rules, the government set up a panel to consider their
Acting on their suggestions, the ministry has revised
"provision for issuance of show-cause notices prior to
embarking upon prejudicial action, for recording of reasons in
writing and for appeals and personal hearings."
Instead of seeking elaborate stipulations regarding
maintenance of the specified degree of ambient temperature and
humidity at pet shop, the seller will have to ensure
"comfortable and adequate ventilation," the draft rule says.
While revising them, the ministry admitted that the draft
rules were cumbersome, repetitive and often conflicting, due
to which an endeavour has been made to specifically address
"We are of the view that the objections have been
satisfactorily addressed," it added.