The animals have been housed in quarantine centrefor two months, trapped by redtape
At the Union government’s animal quarantine centre in Pallikaranai, 70 beagle puppies look around nervously.
They have been housed at the centre in dark cells for almost two months now, trapped by exhaustive processes and paperwork.
The puppies, imported from China by Bangalore-based Advinus laboratory, landed at the Chennai airport on October 19. Their release from the quarantine centre was withheld after a Central government panel regulating experimentation on animals found some violations in documentation.
Sources reveal that the chairman of the laboratory has responded to the showcause notice and has agreed to turn over the puppies to the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals (CPCSEA).
According to Mr. Hem Pande, vice chairman of the CPCSEA, the fate of the puppies is “going to be decided very soon.”
“Sooner the better,” says Sathya Radhakrishnan, member of Blue Cross of India, adding, “To place any animal, especially a puppy, in a small, cramped space for so long, amounts to cruelty. The earlier they are released and are adopted, the easier it will be for them to adjust to a home.”
If all goes well, the puppies will be up for adoption shortly. “We are just waiting for the final decision to be made,” adds Dawn Williams, general manager, Blue Cross of India. “Once that happens we will ensure that the puppies go to good homes.”