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#NoMoreBagheeras Calls For Ban On Online Sale Of Pets

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| June 12 , 2018 , 19:43 IST

Death of Bagheera, a 21-day-old Labrador puppy bought on Quikr has triggered social media outrage against the sale of pets online. About 20 groups from all over India have come together and launched a petition #NomoreBagheeras seeking the total ban of pets online.

A tearful picture on Facebook posted by Anushree Thamanna of a tired sleeping foster mom and a dying Bagheera ignited the launch of the petition which read, "Bagheera was just three weeks old when sold. He would search for his mother’s nipple because he was separated from her very early."

The petition, which has been signed by more than 30,000 people so far was initiated by CJ Memorial Trust and front-ended by the members of Cubbon Park Canines, Bengaluru, a dog-lovers group founded by Priya Chetty-Rajagopal.

Bagheera was born with a contagious, fatal viral disease called canine distemper caused due to unhygienic living conditions and not being given vaccinations on time. Unregulated and untaxed backyard breeders barely provide suitable living conditions for the animals.

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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2017, clearly states that no public display of pets is allowed for ‘instant’ sale. It also lays down the rules for dog breeders to have a legal licence. No dog below the age of eight weeks can legally be sold.

While the laws are effective on paper, their implementation is highly questioned. Following Bagheera's death, groups formed a cyber outfit called Cyber Canine Combat Cops and started collecting data pertaining to ads of dogs and cats posted online, the results were shocking.

"Quikr itself had 791-odd pages of puppy listings for sale. Indiamart has hundreds of pedigree pups on ‘wholesale’." According to Chetty-Rajagopal, "Even though the Facebook policy is crystal clear against the sale of drugs, dogs, and guns, there are Facebook groups selling dogs online."

Upon being notified of the dog breeding malpractices on its platform, Quick was quick to respond and assured that they "are committed towards healthy community practices and are always looking to evolve and are working on doing the right things."