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Nagaland govt bans sale of cooked and uncooked dog meat

Nagaland 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 in the state.

To forward more details on the matter, the Chief Secretary of Nagaland tweeted regarding the matter.

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Earlier, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) on Thursday made a fresh appeal to the Nagaland government to take immediate actions to implement a ban on the sale, smuggling and consumption of dog meat in the state. It also urged the state government to ensure enforcement of stringent animal welfare laws.

“We are once again hit by shock and horror at recent images that have emerged from ‘animal markets’ in Dimapur, Nagaland where dogs are seen in terrifying conditions, tied up in sacks (gunny bags), waiting at a wet market, for their illegal slaughter, trade and consumption as meat,” FIAPO executive director Varda Mehrotra said in a release.

The FIAPO said it will also be happy to collaborate with the respective local authorities in order to bring more awareness regarding animal laws and initiate the process of change in the state.

It hoped that the Nagaland government will accompany this effort with a strong education campaign of awareness of how dogs suffer because of the demand for meat to bring about an overall cultural acceptance of the ban.

Also read: Nagaland: Plea to state government to ban dog meat

The FIAPO said it has been working on this issue and engaging with the state government since 2016. It claimed that it has done a number of undercover investigations on dog meat trade in the region. It added that the state government was in the process of banning dog meat in 2016. However, there has been no development on that promise and the position of consuming and smuggling of dog meat continues, it said.

The FIAPO said according to its findings, dogs are still, regularly, smuggled across from Assam into Nagaland each day, often all the way from West Bengal.

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