Crufts is the world’s greatest dog show and this year the prestigious dog show has featured 194 breeds from 45 countries. Dogs at the event enjoyed competing for the coveted ‘Best in Show’ title as well as the many other competitions that take place at the show, from Agility and Flyball to Friends for Life and Scruffts. After four days of patience, the two-year-old standard poodle (Ricky) beat six other best-in-group winners in the final event of the annual competition. Ricky’s handler Jason Lynn, from Preston in Lancashire, spoke of his pride, and said Ricky would now be retired.
Dr. Munmun De runs Calcutta Canine Clinic at Southern Avenue, Kolkata and associated with CISF Airport Security Dogs. She is a veterinary doctor of Tollygunge Club. Besides a life member of Indian Society for veterinary surgery, she is a life member of several other professional societies like Indian society for veterinary medicine, Indian society for advancement of canine practice, Indian society for public health association.
- When you get a new puppy at home determine where your pup will be spending most of his time because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment.
- Learn how to provide emergency first aid if your pet is suffering from poisoning, seizures, broken bones, bleeding, burns, shock, heatstroke, choking or other urgent medical problems.
- Get a proper diet chart from your vet based on the type of breed. Ensure your dog(s) are up to date on all their deworming and vaccinations.
Preeti Agarwal runs pet villa in Pune. She has started her journey on 10th may, 2010. She choose to be part of the Pet industry because of her love for animals. She has grooming & training facility with a wide range of pet products at pet villa.
- After bringing home the pup, Begin house training immediately.
- Grooming is essentials for your pet, make sure you give them bath, clip the nails and clean the paws.
- Brush them regularly. Touch their ears & paws so they become used to.
Ramachandran Subramanian has been into dog training since 1998. His mission is to spread his knowledge to every pet owner. He has trained dog in US, Australia and India. He is currently in Chennai.
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Rishi Dev one of the Founder of Citizen for animal rights (CFAR) that took shape in 2006 at New Delhi
In 2010, the Central Mumbai Consumer Disputes Redress Forum gave a strong directive to a group housing society who was charging a pet owner resident monthly fees for using lifts. The court clearly said – “Dogs are part of a family hence they have the right to use the lift just as any other member, and we cannot decide who is a family member and who isn’t, each family decides for itself.”
Before this in 2008 a similar order came from a lower court that clarified that pets are part of family and cannot be restricted from living or using the residential complexes.
In 2012, the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation was the first of their kind to issue strict notices to all CGHS and RWAs in Gurgaon, warning them not to formulate rules and regulations against pets and that any such move is in conflict with the law. The notices clearly stated – “Such a move may lead to dissolution of the RWA and prosecution of its office bearers, says the letter. It is illegal to remove animals from the area through security guards employed by RWAs. Nor can they intimidate residents who may be feeding those animals. Under stray dog management rules 2001, it’s illegal for an individual, RWA or estate management to remove or relocate dogs. The dogs have to be sterilized and vaccinated and returned to the same area. Vaccinated and sterilized dogs cannot be removed by the municipality too. Under Section 506 of the IPC, it’s a crime to threaten abuse or harass neighbors who feed animals.”
So what is origin of these laws protecting dogs and cats from humans who treat them unequal?
The system of law in Indian is a tiered system, based on Arthashastra from 400 B.C. & Manusmriti from 100 A.D. wherein the central philosophy was tolerance & pluralism. This is the reason the constitution declares India to be a sovereign socialist democratic republic, assuring its citizens justice, equality, and liberty.
The hierarchical system of Indian constitution thus forbids the lower hierarchies to overrule or override the higher orders, laws, directions or acts. This means that if Supreme Court says ‘yes’ to something, the ‘no’ by the high courts’ gets automatically nullified. This hierarchy comes down to the lowest local urban body or court. In India most courts have already ruled in favor of the animals in all respects. Hence any organization, individual or body ruling or following actions against such orders are automatically breaking the law and in contempt of the constitution and the honorable courts.
There are laws and constitutional provisions directly allowing people to take care of animals, wherether inside or outside their places of work or living. The laws clearly protect people and their animals from all kinds of discrimination. The Indian constitution states them very clearly via various sections. Article 48-A – “The State shall endeavor to protect & improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country.” Article 51-A deals with the fundamental duties of the citizen. Article 51-A(g) states – ” It shall be duty of every citizen of India to protect & improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures.” Article 19 deals with the fundamental rights of the citizen. So “Right to Protect the Environment ” comes within Article 19. After the Stockholm Declaration in 1972 the Indian Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976 inserted for the first time specific provisions to protect & improve the environment. I.P.C. Section 428 and 429 provides severe punishment to people resorting to dislocation, abduction and acts of cruelty towards community animals or pets. Ministry of Public Grievances notification and a similar notification by Animal Welfare Board of India dated March 2008, provide immunity to animal feeders and restrict government employees or bodies such as Resident Welfare Associations from harassing people who try to feed or help animals. Article 25, 26, 27, 28 provides religious freedom to all citizens and preserves the principle of secularism in India. According to the constitution, all religions are equal before the State. Citizens are free to preach, practice and propagate any religion of their choice in their own way. Keeping or feeding animals is a part of the same right. The other acts which protect animals are The Environment (Protection) Act – 1986 & Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
Hence, anyone taking care, keeping pets or street animals has natural immunity in the law. There are many orders pertaining to street animals by many courts. But in the recent times many RWAs have shown their autocracy over residents keeping pets. Keeping the same in mind the Animal Welfare Board of India and many municipal corporations have time and again written to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and their RWAs to refrain from these undemocratic actions.
An RWA is a private, representative body which has no legal sanctity. It is just a group of people who have come together and formed a club. Their mandates and bye laws are not legal mandates and especially if they violate the fundamental rights of a citizen or even more goes against an existing court order. Such RWAs can be legally prosecuted and if need be can face fines or imprisonment or both. Such precedence has been set before. If any resident faces such harassment from RWAs, must immediately approach the local magistrate and file a complaint of harassment and violation of their fundamental rights. The complaint must also be sent to ROS asking them to dissolve the RWA with immediate effect. AWBI must also be approached for taking appropriate legal action against such RWA members.
Manvi is certified dog groomer and stylist graduated from Nash Academy in Lexington. She runs Wag n Wash in Pune. They offer services like oral, eye, ear, foot and sanitary cares as well as deshedding, skin and coat treatments.
- Grooming also is a bonding process for you and your dog. It soothes your dog and it’s a known fact that stroking your dog will lower your own blood pressure.
- Get your puppy accustomed to grooming early in life. Begin gradually by handling your puppy often, touching its ears and paws gently. Start with short grooming sessions and reward your pup with treats so it associates handling these areas with pleasant outcomes.
- By grooming your dog on a regular basis you can usually find any skin growths or hot spots before they become large and a problem
Dr. Onkar is a veterinarian with over 20 years of clinical experience & an ardent animal lover with varied interests and specializations. He runs his pet clinic & hotel in Thane.
1. Refrain from having your domestic help walk your dog as walking your pet is the ultimate bonding experience.
2. There are several diseases that your pet is exposed to, hence vaccinate as per your vet advice regularly.
3. Always take good care of your pet and in return you will get a lifetime of love
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