India will scrap its insurance policy on dogs and cats in a bid to cut down on dog and cat fatalities, the government said today.
The move comes as the country’s dog-friendly image is under intense scrutiny after a spate of dog attacks in recent months, and the government is trying to get more people out of the home.
The new policy, launched on Thursday, will cover both the breeds and the owners, with a 10-percent premium, said the Dog Insurance Department (DID) in a statement.
The government has also decided to replace the current policy with one that includes a 100-per-cent discount for dogs and 100-percent discounts for cats, said DID spokesperson Gopinath Khandekar.
In 2017, a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that India’s dog population has nearly doubled in the past five years to more than 1.5 million.
This has led to the country having more than half of the world’s dog owners.