Nagaland people eat dogs

According to animal rights activists: dog meat ban in India?

Dogs that are slaughtered and eaten: Many people immediately think of China and the cruel dog meat festival in Yulin. But dogs are also on the menu in other countries. After severe criticism from animal rights activists, the government of the Indian state of Nagaland has now decided to ban the trade in dog meat.

Dogs that are caught, put in cages that are far too narrow, and brutally killed and then eaten - that only happens in China, doesn't it? No, the animals that we in Europe call man's most loyal friend end up in the saucepan in many other countries too.

According to local animal welfare organizations, thousands of dogs are trapped on the streets or stolen from homes in Nagaland and other northeastern states of India every year. The "Humane Society International" speaks of up to 30,000 dogs in Nagaland alone, which are tied up in sacks and sold at live markets. According to the animal welfare organization, many of the animals were beaten to death on site with wooden sticks.

This should now be over: Temjen Toy, chief secretary of the remote state, announced on Twitter that "the commercial import and trade in dogs" has been banned by the state government. The sale of dog meat, cooked and uncooked, is now prohibited.

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

The government follows the Indian politician Maneka Gandhi, who was shown the cruel photos of the live markets by local animal welfare associations. She called on the Indian state government to end the dog meat trade. Their demand was supported by more than 125,000 people, all of whom turned to the state government.

Local officials criticize this decision, calling it "an attack on eating habits in the state". Because: In large parts of India, the sale and consumption of dog meat is illegal, but in some rural communities, especially in northeastern areas, it is considered a delicacy.

Animal welfare organizations are happy about the ban

"The suffering of the dogs in Nagaland has long cast a dark shadow over India - and so this news marks an important turning point in ending the atrocities of India's hidden dog meat trade," comments the "Humane Society International".

Sebastian Margenfeld from the “Animal Hope and Wellness eV” association, which is committed against the dog meat trade in China and the cruel treatment of animals, says to DeineTierwelt: “Even if it is not certain that the ban is legally binding, it is an example of the power that public pressure has - and that change is possible when we work together. "