Nagaland facing a huge internal debate following the Nagaland government’s order to ban the trading of dogs and also the sale of both cooked and uncooked dog-meat at the local markets.
On July 3rd Nagaland’s Chief Secretary Temjen Toy declared that the State government has decided to ban the commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets and also the sale of the meat, both cooked and uncooked.
The decision comes in the wake of the brutal pictures of dogs being sold at Dimapur markets which got viral on social media, causing an outcry.
While banning of commercial imports is acceptable, a netizen viewed that the ban on the sale of dog meat is an exploitation of the indigenous dietary habit.
While pet lovers welcomed the decision saying that the Nagas can survive without dog meat, others viewed it as nonsensical which would only drive the dog-meat trade underground like the failed Nagaland Liquor Prohibition Act.