PETA calls for a ban on the breeding and sale of pit bulls in the country

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India, an animal welfare group, has called for a ban on the breeding and sale of pit bulls in the country.

PETA has written to the Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, requesting an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding and Marketing of Dogs) Rules, 2017, to prohibit the breeding and keeping of dog breeds that are bred for fighting and racing.

Radhika Suryavanshi, Campaigns Manager, PETA, pointed out that in recent cases of people being attacked by dogs, the common breed is the pit bull. “They are bred and bred as ‘bullying dogs’, and were originally bred to bait bulls. PETA is calling for a ban on the breeding, sale, and keeping of pit bull-type dogs because they are bred in such a way that they are trained for fighting. For those who are already at home, they must be registered and sterilized so that they are not bred and sold. Pitbull-type dogs are the most abused dogs,” Suryavanshi told a news conference in the capital on Tuesday.

She also said that those dogs that are used for fighting undergo physical mutilation, including cutting off their ears to prevent another dog from grabbing them during a fight.

PETA also has footage of dogfights with pit bulls and the footage has been sent to the department, representatives for the group said. The images, collected this year by PETA volunteers, come mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, said Nithin Krishnegowda, PETA veterinary policy adviser. In the footage, PETA said dogfighting is a form of play, and dogs end up sustaining injuries and bleeding profusely.

“Dog fighting is prohibited under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” Krishnegowda said.

“Unlicensed breeders also sell them without warning that they have been bred to fight for countless generations and can attack. They are bred for fighting and aggression,” Krishnegowda said. PETA has also called on governments to ensure that pet stores are registered and that illegal breeders are shut down.

In one incident in July, a pit bull attacked an elderly woman in Lucknow who died of her injuries. In other incidents in August, a pit bull attacked a woman in Gurgaon, and a six year old was attacked by a pit bull in Loni, Ghaziabad. In a recent incident, a pit bull attacked a 10-year-old boy in Ghaziabad.