Banned delicacy resurfaces in Kma market

Banned delicacy resurfaces in Kma market
The vendor selling the meat item along the foot path in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/2/2020 12:27:50 PM IST
Nearly two months after the state government banned commercial import and trading of dogs, it was business as usual when dog meat was on sale in the state capital Kohima near at Old MLA junction Wednesday.
When asked the reason for violating the ban, the local vendor claimed that she was selling dog meat in order to sustain her family. The meat weighing about 1kg was sold for Rs.500. The vendor said she believed that the lifting of the lockdown meant that dog meat could be sold in the market again.
The vendor confided that she used to sell dog meat pre-lockdown period, but had to stop sale of dog meat after COVID-19 lockdown. This Correspondent made attempts to obtain comments from KMC administrator but was unsuccessful.
It may be mentioned that on July 3, the state government issued the ban order and warned that any person found violating the order would be liable to be punished under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and/or any such other provisions of law as may be applicable.
The state government also directed the district administration, police, municipal administration and veterinary clinic, the animal husbandry department to enforce the order.

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