Guwahati: The Nagaland government in a landmark decision on Friday has ended the brutal dog meat trade. The decision by the cabinet will end the import, trade and sale of live dogs and dog meat.
Nagaland’s Chief Secretary Temjen Toy declared that the state government has decided to ban the commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets and also the sale of the meat, both cooked and uncooked.
“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”, Mr Toy wrote in a tweet, tagging BJP MP Maneka Gandhi and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
The decision came at a time when images of dogs being sold at Dimapur markets went viral recently on social media, causing an outcry.
Pritish Nandy, a prominent poet, and former Rajya Sabha MP, also took to Twitter, appealed his followers to join a movement to ban the sale and consumption of dog meat in Nagaland markets.
Humane Society International (India) and People for Animal which together have campaigned for years to end India’s dog meat trade, have welcome the decision.
The HSI/India estimated that around 30,000 dogs are smuggled into Nagaland annually where they are sold in live markets and beaten to death with wooden clubs.
Dog meat consumption is prohibited in India through the Food Safety and Standard (Food Products Standard and Additives) Regulation, 2011. However, the law has been allegedly poorly enforced in several NE states of northeast including Nagaland.
Earlier this week, MP Maneka Sanjay Gandhi made an urgent public appeal to urge the Nagaland government to stop the trade and consumption of dog meat after receiving new photographs of the trade from a Nagaland-based animal protection organization.
The appeal led to more than 125,000 people writing to the Nagaland government.