Na­gas ban sale, eat­ing of dog meat

Vi­o­la­tion of ban will in­vite 5 years of im­pris­on­ment

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Kohima, July 3: The Na­ga­land gov­ern­ment on Fri­day banned the sale and con­sump­tion of dog meat, in a sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sion amid con­cerns over cru­elty to an­i­mals.

The de­ci­sion to ban com­mer­cial im­port and trad­ing of dogs, and sale of dog meat, both cooked and raw, was taken dur­ing a state Cab­i­net meet­ing, said state par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Neiba Kronu.

Con­sid­er­ing the dan­gers of im­port­ing dogs from other states for con­sump­tion and also in line with the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Act, 1960, the state Cab­i­net took the de­ci­sion, Kronu, who is the spokesper­son of the gov­ern­ment, said.

The gov­ern­ment also de­cided to ban com­mer­cial im­port and trad­ing of pigs with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, he said.

The state already banned the im­port of pigs fol­low­ing the out­break of swine fever in the re­gion and the Cab­i­net gave ap­proval to it in the meet­ing, he said.

“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,” chief sec­re­tary Tem­jen Toy said in a tweet.

The de­ci­sion by the state gov­ern­ment is be­ing seen as his­toric by an­i­mal pro­tec­tion groups.

The Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tions (FOIAPO), the col­lec­tive of an­i­mal pro­tec­tion

◗ groups in the coun­try, urged chief min­is­ter Neiphiu Rio on Thurs­day to take steps re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

In its let­ter, the fed­er­a­tion said as the con­tro­ver­sial Yulin Dog Meat fes­ti­val in China con­cluded on June 20 amid wide­spread global con­dem­na­tion, “here at home we con­tinue to ex­ploit dogs for meat”.

We are writ­ing with deep con­cern, shock and hor­ror at re­cent im­ages that have emerged from an­i­mal bazaar mar­kets in Dima­pur where dogs are seen in ter­ri­fied con­di­tions, tied up in sacks (gunny bags), wait­ing at a wet mar­ket, for their il­le­gal slaugh­ter, trade and con­sump­tion as meat, it said.

The dog meat trade in Na­ga­land is il­le­gal and in vi­o­la­tion of var­i­ous laws, in­clud­ing Sec­tion 429 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) that makes killing of an­i­mals an of­fence pun­ish­able with up to five years of im­pris­on­ment.

The Food Prod­uct Stan­dards and Food Ad­di­tives Reg­u­la­tions, 2011 and Meat Food Prod­ucts Or­der, 1973 state that only Ovines, Bovines, Suillines and Caprines can be con­sumed as meat, while con­sump­tion of any other an­i­mal, in­clud­ing dogs, is strictly pro­hib­ited.

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