After a long protest the authorities of Indian state of Nagaland have banned the sale of dog meat. Officials said that they also halted the import and trading of dogs to be used for food.
The state's chief secretary, Temjen Toy, tweeted that the state government had banned all commercial import and trading of dogs. The sale of dog meat, both cooked and uncooked, has also been banned. On Thursday last week The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FOIAPO) urged Nagaland government to look into the issue.
The State 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. Appreciate the wise decision taken by the State’s Cabinet @Manekagandhibjp @Neiphiu_Rio— Temjen Toy (@temjentoy) July 3, 2020
Union Minister and prominent animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi also appealed to Nagaland government against the cruelty. She took action after receiving photographs of the trade from a Nagaland-based animal protection group. The appeal led to more than 125,000 people writing to the state government, urging the banning of the dog meat trade.
Animal rights advocacy group Humane Society International estimates up to 30,000 dogs per year are smuggled into Nagaland, where they are sold in live markets. The Managing Director of HSI, Alokparna Sengupta said,
The suffering of dogs in Nagaland has long cast a dark shadow over India, and so this news marks a major turning point in ending the cruelty of India's hidden dog meat trade.
Abu Metha, an adviser to Nagaland's chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, said in a tweet,
This is a progressive move. In this day and age, positive social media activism and advocacy has an enormous impact on policymakers. Congrats and thanks to all.
Earlier this year, the state of Mizoram took the first step towards ending the sale of dogs, by amending legislation to remove them from the list of animals suitable for slaughter.