Man arrested for cruelty to animal in Mnp

Man arrested for cruelty to animal in Mnp
A man seen dragging a dog tied to his motorcycle before killing it for consumption in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 30 | Publish Date: 8/30/2020 12:21:15 PM IST

A man who tied a dog to his motorcycle and dragged it along the road before killing it for consumption was arrested by police along with his friends on Sunday.

The police arrested the man a video showing him dragging the live dog on the road in a video went viral on social media on Sunday. 

The complaint was jointly lodged by animal activists; Yening Animal Foundation (YAF), Imphal and Manipur Dog Lovers’ Club (MDLC) at Lamphel police station of Imphal West district.

Motilal Thiyam, a resident of Lairikyengbam Leikai in Imphal East district was arrested by the police along with his friends at Nagaram locality this afternoon. They were picked up by the police while cooking the dog in the locality around 2 pm on Sunday. 

A member of YAF who strongly condemned the cruelty meted out to the dog said,

“We are very shocked to see the video clip and would like to appeal to stop cruelty against the animal.”

She demanded befitting action against the arrested man as per law as a lesson to those who inflict cruelty on animals, particularly pets.

Informing that they had raised the matter with the state chief minister, she drew the attention of the higher authorities of the state government.

“Please kindly do the needful to the dog meat eaters as per the law of the land. Slaughtering of dogs has increased and become a regular habit or rather behaviour during the last few months, especially during this crucial time -lockdown,” YAF and MDLC stated in a memorandum submitted to the chief minister.

There alleged that there were many instances earlier but there went scot free.

She explained that cruelty against animals attracts punishment under section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960. 

Besides these two Acts, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Regulation, 2011, specifically sub-regulation 2.5.1(a) which defines animals that are safe for human consumption and states that dog meat is categorised as food outside the food safety standards in India.

However, unlike the neighbouring state of Nagaland, there is no ban on the commercial import and trading of dogs, prohibiting dog markets and sale of dog meat in Manipur, she lamented.


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