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Nagaland govt bans dog meat consumption and sale in state

Debanjana Dutta

The law says dog meat is not recognized as food. But for so long, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram have been eating freely. It was banned in Mizoram a year ago. This time in Nagaland too, officially killing dogs and eating dog meat is going to be banned.

Animal lovers in Nagaland and Mizoram have been protesting for a long time. An average of 150-200 dogs are supplied to Nagaland from Assam and Meghalaya every week. The dogs are sewn, packed and sent to Dimapur-Kohima. In Nagaland, dog meat is sold at Rs 300 to Rs 400 per kg. In Manipur, Mizoram, the price is 500 rupees per kilo. Nagas believe that dog meat is more nutritious. There is also the ability to cure diseases. They have more ideas, which is why dog ​​meat is so popular in China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, America and a few countries in Africa.

Sangeeta Goswami, a PFA member and animal rights activist, said it was illegal to eat dog meat around the world. In India, catching, supplying, killing and eating dogs is not legal under the Food Safety and Standards Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Slaughterhouse Act and Transport of Animals Rule. But it is rampant in the Naga-inhabited areas of Nagaland and Manipur. Three years ago, 26 shops were closed in Mizoram after the PFA movement banned dog eating. But there is still stealing and eating dogs. The highest number of dogs are supplied to Nagaland from Silnijan in Golaghat district of Assam, Kampur in Nagaon district, Jagi Road in Morigaon and Ulani. Dogs still go to Mizoram from Lailapul in Silchar.

Recently, Assam lawyer NM Kapadia sent a legal notice to the Nagaland government against the sale and consumption of dog meat. The state’s animal husbandry department also sent letters to all district magistrates instructing them to stop trading in dog meat. After that the Nagaland government moved. He had a meeting with state chief secretary Pankaj Kumar and bureaucrats of the state’s animal husbandry, health, urban and family welfare departments

Mizoram Advocate General Biswajit Dev said, “Criticism from various quarters, the state government has enacted a law banning dog slaughter and eating due to some legal issues. That is the way Nagaland can walk. ”However, government officials in favor of dog-eating questioned Nagaland’s exemption from various sections of the country’s mainland law under Article 371 of the Constitution. Their argument is that dog meat can be eaten in that state. The chief secretary said the government would take a decision to bring a bill after examining the laws in this regard.

Protests began across the state soon after the news broke. Dimapur-Kohima market dogs will not match – the local people can not think. Shops will also be hit. Although some people believe that meat is illegal, it will not stop selling like in Mizoram. But they fear that the price will go up on the black market.

Some residents of Nagaland claim that this meat is a must in case of fever or weakness. But the music goddess says, this meat does not have medicinal properties. According to Mineshwar Hazarika, a teacher at the Assam Veterinary College, dog meat is high in iron. So maybe he is thought of as a medicine for anemia. According to dieticians and doctors, this meat warms the body. So dog meat was popular among the Mongols who lived in cold areas and did not provide alternative food in that way. The Naga-Mizora are members of that ethnic group. The popularity of that meat has remained among them for generations.

Dog suppliers in Assam are also worried when they learn that a law is being passed against dog eating in Nagaland. Sangita Devi said that before Bihu, the youths of Assam earned money by sending dogs to Nagaland. So very soon they will start surveillance in those areas.

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