On 27 April 2016 Indian govt. issued a notification banning the import of dogs for commercial breeding.
• Animal rights organizations had raised concerns over foreign breed dogs suffering due to unsuitable climatic conditions
• Humane Society International (HSI) and People for Animals along with other groups had urged the government to ban the import on dogs for breeding as it was resulting in the overpopulation of street dogs in the country.
• Large number of dogs that are not suitable for the country’s tropical climate such as St Bernards, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and others are being imported by breeders in India.
• Many imported breed dogs are being abandoned by the owners
• Animal rights groups also urged the government to review pet shop and breeder regulations as recommended by the Law Commission of India.
• In 2015, the commission published a report on Need to Regulate Pet Shops and Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding