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COVID-19: Assam police to book pet deserters after PETA India plea

A man feeds biscuits to animals during a nationwide lockdown, in Guwahati. File photo
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State police to also ensure animals in locked pet shops are fed

The Assam police headquarters has issued an order to all the police heads of districts seeking action against people abandoning their animal companions over “unwarranted COVID-19 fears” and against pet shop owners who let animals suffer in locked shops.This followed a letter from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to State’s Director-General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta as well as a series of advice by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).Also read: Coronavirus | Truth about cats, dogs and COVID-19“Breeders and pet shops sell animals to anyone willing to buy them – often on a whim –
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