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Bengaluru pet-lovers are upset at what BBMP has done – Who does not let the dogs out?

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Since several weeks, Bengaluru residents, those who are pet-lovers, have been upset at what Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has done. BBMP issued new pet licensing bye-laws and applied them with retrospective effect. Every municipality has the right to require mandatory registration of dogs (and all pets). But, de facto, these rules are usually about dogs. There is a true story about Lord Byron attending Trinity College, Cambridge, between 1805 and 1808. The statutes of the college prohibited dogs as pets within the boundaries of the college. Therefore, Lord Byron kept a tame bear as a pet, arguing that a bear was not a dog and the authorities had to bear with this affront, since this didn’t violate rules.

Section 399 of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (1957) requires mandatory registration of dogs (it doesn’t say anything about other pets). A non-registered dog, without the required collar, can be detained and destroyed. Section 310 of New Delhi Municipal Council Act has similar provisions. How many dogs are there in Delhi? 2012 (19th) Livestock Census tells us there are 63,289 dogs in rural Delhi and 87,164 dogs in urban parts. That is an aggregate of 150,453 and most people will argue that this is an underestimate and that the number of stray dogs alone is at least 400,000.

How many of Delhi’s dogs are pets? By a pet, I mean a dog that lives within the........

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