Section 38 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 drafts the rules of setting up a registered pet shop in India. The article defines some terms as pertaining to the subject. The primary definitions are:
• Section 2(b): It explains the term “Animal,” which is anything live being apart from plant and human.
• Section 2(h): It explains “license.”
• Section 2(k): It elucidates what pertains as “Pet Shops.”
• Section 2(m): It who is a “Pet Shopkeeper” or “Pet Shop owner.”
When it comes to registering a shop, there are some criteria that need to be met.
1. A person is eligible for a pet-shop if they are 18 or above, have a sound mind, and not disqualified by law.
2. Once qualified, an application form is filled and submitted, along with a fee of five thousand rupees, which is non-refundable. For each premise, a different application is sent to the state board.
3. The premise is then inspected by a team of people appointed by the state board, including a veterinary practitioner.
4. If granted, the certificate of registration is valid for two years. The document cannot be transferred. It can be renewed by paying the set fee of Rs. 5000.