Nagaland bans import, trade and sale of dog meat

Nagaland bans import, trade and sale of dog meat

Kohima, July 04 (NEx): Nagaland bans import, trade and sale of dog meat. The decision was taken by the State’s Cabinet, announced Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy IAS on Friday, June 03, 2020.

Taking to twitter, Toy said, Nagaland Government has decided to ban commercial import and trading of dogs, dog markets and also the sale of dog meat, both cooked and uncooked.

Further, Toy appreciated the wise decision taken by the State’s Cabinet.

There has been an online campaign against the sale of dog meat in Nagaland. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, MP, Lok Sabha, also Founder and Chairman of People for Animals, on June 30, 2020 made an appeal on the official Twitter handle ‘People For Animals – the animal welfare organisation’, 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 Gandhi in her tweet. Gandhi also requested people to email the Chief Secretary of Nagaland requesting him to stop dog bazaars and restaurants in the state.

Advisor to Chief Minister of Nagaland Abu Metha’s tweet said, this is a progressive move. In today’s age-positive social media activism & advocacy has enormous impact on policy makers. Congrats & Thanks to all- unquote.

After Chief Secretary announced the decision to ban dog meat trade in Nagaland, Gandhi took to twitter to ‘thank the extremely kind CM of Nagaland Shri Neiphiu Rio and Chief Secretary Shri Temjen Toy for this historic and humane decision. Thank you to the wise people of Nagaland for supporting it’- Gandhi tweeted.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India along with others made an appeal to Nagaland Government to take immediate action to implement a ban on the sale, smuggling and consumption of dog meat in the State.