The High Court of Uttarakhand has directed all the shops in the state to close the business of pet animals and birds in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act. The Animal Rights Activist Gauri Maulekhi had filed a PIL in the High Court that Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rules are being violated by the pet selling business. The shops must be closed within the period of 15 days, directed the court.
The petition claims that many of the shops are not registered and pets are kept in confined spaces, moreover, their health and diet are not being taken care of well.
Hearing the petition, the High Court division bench directed all the district magistrates and local body officers to strictly enforce the law that no pet shops will be opened without proving a valid receipt. Besides, the animal husbandry department veterinarians were also directed to make periodic visits to the pet shops to ascertain the observance of the law.