The law says...
What does the law say regarding the government’s responsibility towards the sterilisation of stray dogs in towns?
According to the animal birth control (dogs) rules 2001 and the Supreme Court orders every municipality has to sterilise and immunise street dogs. “The street dogs shall be sterilised and immunised by participation of animal welfare organisations, private individuals and the local authority.”
The Municipality has to provide the premises and sign an MOU with an NGO recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India. The Municipality has to pay the NGO per operation.
A monitoring committee is to be formed to issue instructions for catching, transportation, sheltering, sterilisation, vaccination, treatment and release of sterilised vaccinated or treated dogs.
The local authority is obligated to keep a required number of dog vans with ramps for capture and transportation of street dogs, an ambulance cum clinical van for mobile sterilisation of street dogs.
Further, the Monitoring Committee shall set up a dog control cell to receive complaints about dog nuisance, dog bites and information about rabid dogs.
My cat gave birth to kittens and it appears to be carrying them by their necks with its teeth. Is this natural? Should I be worried?
Such behavior is perfectly natural in cats and dogs alike. Unlike humans, cats aren’t especially vulnerable to injury or choking around their necks, so this is safe and natural; there is even an evolved physiological response in kittens to being lifted by the nape of the neck, which causes them to become still and passive so their mother can easily carry them. This is their way of carrying their young and there is no reason to be worried. The cat knows not to bite down hard enough to injure its kittens. Since they do not possess hands or any other way of carrying their young, they carry them gently with their mouth.
My roommate plays loud music in my house. Is this bad for my dog?
Prolonged exposure to loud music is just as bad for dogs as it is for humans. A dog’s ears are far more sensitive than humans and they can hear sounds outside the human frequency range. Loud music has adverse effects on the hearing of dogs if they are exposed to such an environment for a long time.
Noise trauma is a serious issue in dogs. Being exposed to repetitive loud sounds over a time causes the most trauma. Most dogs do not like loud music and you need to tell your roommate that before the dog becomes so tense and anxious that he becomes a problem.
Should cats listen to music? What kind of music?
Scientists have created so called ‘cat music’. They looked at the natural vocalisations of cats and matched their music to the same frequency range, which is about an octave or more higher than human voices. The music had more sliding notes than human music.
In a study conducted, the cat songs were played back to 47 domestic cats, and the researchers watched how the felines reacted compared to when they listened to two classical human songs - Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air on a G String and Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie. The cats didn’t respond at all to the human music. But when the cat music started up, they became excited and started approaching the speakers, often rubbing their scent glands on them, which means they were trying to claim the object.
This music, if conclusively proven to be relaxing and good for cats, can be used in various situations to keep the felines calm and stimulate their auditory senses. Shelter cats and other stressed cats might feel calmer by listening to this music and thus, it can prove to be useful.
My friend has a wild animal skull in his house, is it legal to keep such articles even though he didn’t hunt or kill the animal?
According to the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, such items are termed as ‘animal articles’ and all such wild animal articles are deemed to be government property under section 39 (1). Any possessor of such government property should return to property within 48 hours of having it in his/her possession.
It is however, permitted to keep such property if the possessor has written permission regarding the same from the chief wildlife warden or the authorised officer according to section 39 (3)
Further, section 42: Certificate of ownership - The Chief Wildlife Warden may, for the purposes of Sec. 40, issue a certificate of ownership in such form, as may be prescribed, to any person who, in his opinion, is in lawful possession of any wild animal or any animal article, trophy, or uncured trophy, and may, where possible, mark, in the prescribed manner, such animal article, trophy or uncured trophy for the purposes of Identification.
Thus, a certificate of ownership can also be obtained for keeping such articles. Without any of these however, it is illegal to keep such animal articles.
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