The Nagaland cabinet on Friday banned the sale of dog meat, the consumption of which had been protested by animal rights activists over the years, reports the Indian Express.
‘The State Government has decided to ban commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets and also the sale of dog meat, both cooked and uncooked. Appreciate the wise decision taken by the State’s Cabinet’ – tweeted chief secretary Temjen Toy, tagging official handles of the Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and member of parliament and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi.
On June 30, Maneka had made an appeal on the official Twitter handle for People For Animals — the animal welfare organisation she founded — highlighting the ‘unabated’ killing and eating of dogs in Nagaland.
‘This is illegal according to the laws of India and it cannot be allowed under the guise of culture,’ said Maneka in a statement, sharing a picture of a number of dogs in sacks allegedly taken in the ‘animal bazaar of Dimapur.’
Maneka also requested people to email the chief secretary of Nagaland requesting him to stop ‘dog bazaars and dog restaurants’ in the state.
On Thursday, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation said it was ‘hit by shock and horror at recent images’ of dogs in ‘terrifying conditions, tied up in sacks, waiting at a wet market, for their illegal slaughter, trade, and consumption as meat,’ reports BBC.
The group urged Nagaland’s government to enforce an immediate ban on selling dog meat.
The FIAPO was among several animal rights organisations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to spearhead campaigns against the sale of dog meat in Nagaland.
The Humane Society International, which had campaigned for years to end India’s dog-meat trade, welcomed the decision by Nagaland’s government.
An estimated 30,000 dogs a year are smuggled into Nagaland, where they are sold in live markets and ‘beaten to death with wooden clubs’, according to the HSI.
Earlier this year, the state of Mizoram took the first step towards ending the sale of dogs, by amending legislation to remove them from the list of animals suitable for slaughter.
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