As per the latest reports, the government of Nagaland has banned the trading, import, and sale of dog meat. Earlier, Northeastern state Mizoram took a similar decision in March.
It should be noted that the Nagaland government has not stated any reason behind the decision but protests and online campaigns against the sale of dogs was going on for a long time. Many organizations including the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were campaigning against the same.
People For Animals (PFA) and Humane Society International (HSI) were demanding the ban on dog meat for a long time and today state government’s decision was welcomed, they also called the decision a turning point in ending cruelty towards innocent animals.
Sale and purchase of dog meat banned in Nagaland
Dog meat consumed by various sections of the Nagaland population. Neighboring countries like West Bengal also used to slaughter stray dogs for trading. As per data, around 30,000 dogs were smuggled to Nagaland to sell in the markets.
In March this year, the Mizoram government passed the Animal Slaughter (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and removed dogs from the list, a ban on sale and purchase of canine meat was also imposed.