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Import, trade and sale of dog meat banned in Nagaland, India

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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.

By Nick Whittle

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.

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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.