This follows other recent pit bull attacks – in Meerut, where a teenager was seriously injured by a pit bull; in Lucknow, where an elderly woman was mauled to death by a pit bull; and in Gurugram, where a woman was seriously injured in a pit bull attack, all within the past two months.
PETA India, in its statement, said the ban would be achieved by requiring owners to declare breeds placed on the prohibited list for compulsory sterilization and government registration within a month of the publication of the directive, as well as by prohibiting any new dog of these breeds. breeds to be bred, kept or sold after a stipulated date immediately after the end of that month.
The state has reportedly already shown interest in banning the Pit Bull, Rottweiler and Mastiff breeds.
PETA India Veterinary Policy Advisor Nithin Krishnegowda said: “This attack on a child is the latest in a series of red flags that if India continues to allow the breeding of commonly used dogs for cruel human exploits like criminal dogfighting, more people will. be hurt. A ban on all breeds used for illegal fighting is the need of the hour and would prevent these dogs from being born only to face cruelty and suffering and would also protect many humans.
In India, inciting dogs to fight is illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, but organized dog fighting is widespread in parts of northern India, making dogs of pit bull type and others used in these fights the most abused breeds of dogs.
Pit bulls are typically bred to be used in illegal fighting or kept on heavy chains as attack dogs, resulting in a lifetime of suffering.
Many undergo painful physical mutilation such as ear cropping – an illegal process of removing part of a dog’s ears to prevent another dog from grabbing them during a fight.
These dogs are encouraged to keep fighting until they are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dies.