Bengaluru’s civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has invited the ire of locals after it proposed a set of new rules for licensing of pet dogs. BBMP has limited the number of dogs in a single apartment to one, while independent homes can have a maximum of three dogs.
According to this new rule, dog owners also have to obtain a license consisting of a radio collar with an embedded chip. If the dog has no license, the pet parent will be fined a sum of Rs 1000.
The decision didn’t go down well with dog parents. And in no time, tweeps started using #NotWithoutMyDog hashtag to express their opinion against the decision. Also, a change.org petition was started, which has been signed by 13,000 users.
1. How can somebody limit the number of family members?
Hi @BBMPCOMM I can’t believe you would pass such a ridiculous law of limiting the number of dogs per house and not listing stray dogs as legal. Great way to celebrate world environment day by not allowing people to rescue dogs into loving homes. #bbmp #NotWithoutMyDog pic.twitter.com/L6qqWrHB3k
— Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) June 5, 2018
2. Here’s the petition against it
Dear @BBMPCOMM please rework your new laws against pet owners/lovers in #Bangalore It’s not in the best interests of the animals or genuine pet owners. The rest of you please sign this petition. #notwithoutmydog #NotWithoutMyDogs @Cho_Pra https://t.co/mcvq0XU291
— Pooja Sampath (@poojasampath) June 6, 2018
3. Some asked to attack real problems as well
Clean our city of the breeder menace first, @BBMPCOMM; Outlaw pet shopping, the purchase of breed puppies; Attack the real problem, the flesh trade of breed pets, instead of running amok over our constitutional rights. @BBMP_MAYOR pic.twitter.com/wbZL0MYyR6
— Rekha Saleela Nair (@rekha_s_nair) June 6, 2018
4. Start concentrating on something else
#BBMP – there are other things you need to pay attention to, not curbing how many kids I can have in MY apartment. #notwithoutmydog #sanitizeBBMP #getaholdofyourself #petdaddy #notwithyou #petparent #revamptherules #pathetic pic.twitter.com/WDqevjlFIc
— Sanjeev Nair (@_sanjeevnair) June 6, 2018
5. More reactions
#NotWithoutMyDog I don’t care how many timelines I spam today, but I have to do this. This shitty move from the #BBMP is a textbook example of government high-handedness and a spectacular lack of… https://t.co/XYpxQTdy4c
— Hema Ramaprasad (@writeclcktravel) June 5, 2018
#BBMP revise your by-law or better yet retract it. You can’t breakup my family #notwithoutmydog #NotWithoutMyDogs#unconstitutional @BBMP_MAYOR @SikandDipali @zigzackly @pablochaterji @toramatix @ndtv @timesofindia @htTweets @TheHindu @TheIndianEx @DeccanHerald @DeccanChronicle pic.twitter.com/PFUQzynKNb
— Awanti Agarwala (@a_awanti) June 5, 2018
7. People are shocked
— Vinit Taneja (@vinit_taneja) June 5, 2018
8. Because #NotWithoutMyDog
— Catherine Shadap (@CeeShadap) June 6, 2018
The Bengaluru civic body was reportedly forced to backtrack after the social media uproar.
The BBMP also put out an approved list of breeds for the residents of Bengaluru. The list is same as the Singapore Housing and Development Board. And it doesn’t include any popular breeds like Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Beagle or the Indian stray.