Victory! Indian State Bans Dog Meat Trade

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In the Indian state of Nagaland, the government has officially banned the sale, import, and trade of live dogs and dog flesh.

It’s estimated (according to Humane Society International of India) that this new law will save over 30,000 dogs from being brutally slaughtered in the dog meat trade.

Dog flesh consumption has officially banned in the entirety of India since 2011 through regulations under the Food Safety and Standard (Food Products Standard and Additives) legislation. 

Unfortunately, the FSS legislation is rarely enforced and many dogs are stolen from their guardian’s homes as well as from the streets before meeting a horrid fate during slaughter.

“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,” Alokparna Sengupta, HSI/India’s managing director, said. 

“Our own investigation in Nagaland showed terrified dogs being subjected to horrific deaths in some of the worst inhumanity to animals HSI/India has ever witnessed. And the dogs we have rescued from this trade over the years have had to learn to trust humans again after the cruel treatment they endured.”

The Humane Society International of India created a campaign back in 2016 to help reveal the country’s underground dog flesh trade.

HSI India released a video investigation that documented the death pits that dogs are held and slaughtered throughout the Indian state of Nagaland.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi an Indian Member of Parliament spoke out last week as she made a public request urging the Indian government to enforce laws against the dog “meat” trade.

Maneka was sent new photographic evidence from local animal rights groups showing the horrifying reality for so many dogs hidden in this unregulated black market.

Her appeal to the Indian government made an impact as it resulted in 125,000 people writing into the Nagaland government in favor of the ban and its enforcement.

“We warmly thank Smt. Maneka Gandhi for her leadership and the vital impetus she has provided in achieving this decision from the Government of Nagaland so quickly after the latest evidence emerged,” Sengupta said. 

“We also congratulate the Government of Nagaland and offer our support so that this decision can be robustly implemented. The Government of Nagaland has shown great leadership and we urge other states such as Mizoram, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh to follow by implementing a dog meat trade ban, too.”

HSI India says it will continue working with the Nagaland Indian government to help create regulatory enforcement of the legislative ban from 2016 and to help adopt out the many dogs rescued from the dog “meat” trade.

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Brandon Kirkwood

Animal Rights Activist (ARA), Vegan, Creator and editor of Vegan News, Father to an awesome cat named Boba, Youtuber

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