Import, trade and sale of dog meat banned in Nagaland, India
Animal rights activists hail the recent ban of the trade of dog meat a moral victory, but admit there is much to be done to overturn the age-old Indian custom.
Published on the 08/07/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26
After coming under renewed pressure to ban his province's dog meat trade, the governor of Nagaland announced the ban earlier this month.
But some civil rights groups have protested against the ban claiming the prohibition of the trade is a slight of ancient customs.
Dog meat on the way out
The Indian dog meat industry has taken a beating in recent years. Consumption of dog meat in various parts of the country is now illegal. However, some communities in Nagaland consider the meat a delicacy.
It is thought the State Government imposed the ban after video footage of dogs bound and hanging in bags in a wet market were posted online.
According to Human Society International, 10,000s of dogs are smuggled into the province each year to be traded as a commodity. The method of killing the animals is without doubt inhumane and barbaric.
It is unclear how this recent ban will be enforced, but it is clearly a move in the right direction.