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India State Ban the Eat and Import of Dog Meat

India State Ban the Eat and Import of Dog Meat

The Indian state of Nagaland has banned the the import , trading and sale of dog meat, in a movement by animal welfare groups. The ban is announced by north-east state’s government following a sustained campaign by animal welfare groups. 

Eating dog meat is illegal in parts of India, but some communities in north-eastern areas consider it a delicacy. An estimated 30,000 dogs a year are smuggled into Nagaland, where they are sold in live markets and beaten to death with wooden cubs, according to Humane Society International (HSI).

The animal welfare groups hailed the decision as  a major turning point in ending cruelty to dogs in India. At the same time civil society groups criticized the ban, calling an attack on food customs in the state.

“ 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,” Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy tweeted on Friday.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) said it was “ hit by shock terror at recent images” of dogs inn “terrifying conditions, tied up in sacks, waiting at a wet market, for their illegal slaughter, trade and consumption as meal.”

The government shared no further details about how it planned to enforce the ban.

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