The district administration in Nagaland has requested that the police investigate the killing of eight pet dogs by members of a local student organization, allegedly because their owners failed to vaccinate the canines amid directives.
Thavaseelan K, the Deputy Commissioner of Mon district in Nagaland, said on Friday that he had requested the police to file an FIR and investigate the case.
“We will take necessary measures, after receiving the police report. The details of the events are being compiled “As mentioned by the Deputy Commissioner.
He claimed that the district authorities also received conflicting accounts of the incident surrounding the dog slaughter on May 17.
According to the police, the Nokzang Students’ Union in Mon district served a notice on May 8 requiring villagers to vaccinate their pet dogs by May 15, otherwise ‘action will be taken against the canines.’
The students’ union has urged all dog owners in Nokzang, a tribal village, to vaccinate their dogs against rabies.
According to the authorities, students’ union members shot and killed eight ‘infected’ dogs for targeting livestock and infants.
According to local media accounts, some members of the students’ council have collected a Rs 500 fine per dog owner for disobeying their directives.
According to media sources, representatives of the students’ association argued that the dogs posed a danger to the village’s livestock and children, as the village lacked adequate road infrastructure for residents to access medical treatment in an emergency.
With a population of 2,50,260, Nagaland’s Mon district, which borders Myanmar, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh, is the state’s third-largest district, accounting for 10.77 percent of Nagaland’s’s’s total territory.
Following Mizoram’s lead, the Nagaland government outlawed the industrial import and trade of dogs and dog markets, as well as the selling of cooked and uncooked dog meat, in July last year.
However, in November last year, the Gauhati High Court’s Kohima bench issued a temporary stay to the Nagaland government’s July 2 order to prohibit the commercial manufacture, trade, and selling of dogs and dog meat in the state’s markets.
While the Nagaland government cited food protection laws as the primary explanation for the ban, the move was widely thought to have been made in response to criticism from animal rights activists in India and abroad.
Maneka Gandhi, a BJP legislator and animal rights activist, Pritish Nandy, a journalist, and former legislator, and a slew of other animal lovers have urged the governments of northeastern states, including Mizoram and Nagaland, to prohibit the killing and religious slaughter of livestock, including puppies.
Dog meat is considered a delicacy by some groups in Nagaland and Mizoram, two northeastern nations.