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Animal rights body launches campaign to end dog meat trade in India


PATNA: A shocking video footage of dogs being killed for meat in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland has been freshly released by Humane Society International/India (HIS) as the animal protection group launches a major campaign to end India’s brutal and illegal dog meat trade.

HSI reveals the cruel trade of dogs for human consumption is prevalent in Nagaland and a few other north eastern states despite the practice being illegal.

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According to a rough HSI estimates, more than 30,000 stray and stolen pets are smuggled every year for meat.

HSI has written to the Chief Minister of Nagaland to urge the government to implement the existing ban on dog meat consumption, patrol trade routes and shut down markets.

The organization launched an online petition calling on the authorities to enforce the dog meat ban immediately.

HSI is encouraged by reports that the Nagaland government sent a letter to the Municipal Affairs department regarding a policy to stop the capture and slaughter of dogs.

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The disturbing footage taken during the visits to the local markets of Kohima and Dimapur show that the laws are being blatantly flouted with dogs packed in sacks with just their heads poking out, their mouth either stitched closed or bound tight with rope to keep them quiet, which is done to illegally smuggle them into Nagaland from neighbouring states.

During transport and display in the markets, they are denied movement, food or water, before finally being clubbed to death.

HSI gained unique access to one underground ‘death pit’ where dogs were seen being clubbed to death in front of each other, beaten multiple times in protracted and painful deaths. Most dogs were beaten several times before dying.

“It has been a heart-breaking experience to go to Nagaland and watch these terrified dogs being subjected to such a horrific death,” said HIS, India Director N. G Jayasimha.

As per an HIS estimate, an estimated 30 million dogs are killed annually for human consumption across Asia, with the trade most prevalent in China, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

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