Tribulation of an imported pup: let’s stop it!
There has been an increasing trend of adopting imported pedigree pups but little do pet parents realise that it is causing a trail of suffering to these little pooches.
Breeds like Saint Bernard, Chow-Chow, Napoleon Mastiff, Bulldog and other breeds with long hair coats normally belong to cold countries like Russia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Uruguay, Belgium etc. These dogs don’t breed well in India due to the fact that their reproductive cycle is adapted to functioning in a cold climate. Hence, they are mostly imported from these countries as they are available there at a cheaper price.
Long and tough journey…
The journey from their homeland to India is quite tough as during flights, they are being held in small wooden or iron crates, which are kept together with the luggage. Some of the breeders also administer a mild sedative to these pups so that they sleep for the whole journey, without eating or drinking anything on the way.
Journey ends, but the ordeal continues…
When the pups land at the airport, they are exhausted and dehydrated but their suffering does not end here. They are handed over to the trader, who may or may not feed the frightened little dog immediately. Later, the pup is handed over to the person who wishes to adopt him.
Unsuitable Indian climate…
Since these dogs are not used to the Indian climatic conditions, they face stress caused by the hot weather and are prone to skin diseases. Some of the pups suffer from ‘Travellers Diarrhoea,’ as before these pups start the long journey, they are accustomed to a good diet, but on their journey, stress and starvation results in bad diarrhoea, which can even prove fatal.
Paws for thought….
A loving home can end his miseries but still the question exists – is it really necessary that we adopt an imported pup who may undergo so much stress and suffering? It is advisable that we adopt Indian dogs who are accustomed to our climate and then we all can hum “You and I , in this beautiful world….”
(Christine Townend is Chair of Trustees and Dr. Abdul Rais is veterinarian in charge of dispensary at Help in Suffering, a registered Indian Charitable Trust based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It runs six projects: camel, equine, and elephant treatment, education and rescue programmes, mobile clinic and staff, an ABC and ABC Extension programme, and an outpatients dispensary, with rescue, re-homing and treatment provided. For more info, log on to www.his-india.org.au)