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Union Government issues Notification of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has issued the draft notification for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016 to regulate pet shops

The objective of these proposed new rules is to make pet shops accountable and to prevent cruelty inflicted on animals kept in such pet shops.

New Rules
  • Mandatory for all pet shop owners to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board (AWB).
  • Pet shops will be registered only after inspection by the representatives of AWB, a veterinary practitioner and a representative of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Pet shops must ensure that animals are kept in comfortable surroundings and as per define space requirement for birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pig, hamster, rats and mice in the pet shops.
  • Pet shops must have basic amenities, general care, veterinary care, power back-up and other operational requirement for animals in it.
  • Mandatory for pet shops to maintain proper records of sale, purchase, death of animals and sick animals etc. in the shop.
  • Pet shop owner must submit yearly report to State AWB regarding animals, sold, traded, given away, boarded or exhibited during previous year or any other information asked for by the State AWB.
  • Non-compliance of the proposed rules will lead to cancellation of registration of pet shop and pet animals in the shop will be confiscated shall be handed over to a rescue centre recognised by the Board or Animal Welfare Organisation.
Background

MoEFCC has the mandate to implement the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. The provisions of the PCA Act are general in nature, and rules dealing with specific situations have to be notified by MoEFCC from time to time.

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Union Government notifies Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified new Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules.

These new rules seek to curb over 6000 tonnes of uncollected plastic waste generated daily by industries.

The PWM Rules 2016 will replace the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011. These rules more stringent and are related to usage and production of plastic for more eco-friendly society.

Key new rules

  • Introduction of concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and Responsibility of waste generators.
  • Rural areas have been included and Gram Panchayats have been given more responsibility.
  • Banned plastic carry bags thinner than 50 microns. It is mandatory for producers to keep record of vendors to whom they supply raw material for manufacturing packaging plastics.
  • Retailers and street vendor providing will be fined if their products in plastic packaging which do not conform to the new rules.
  • Individual and bulk waste generators like offices, industries, commercial establishment must segregate the plastic waste at source.
  • These individual and bulk waste generators should handover the segregate waste and pay user fee as per bye-laws of the local bodies.
  • Persons organising public events like marriages, public gatherings are responsible for the management of waste generated during these events.
  • Minimum thickness of the plastic bags increased from 40-50microns. Manufacturing and use of non-recyclable multi-layered plastic will be phased out in 2 years.

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