Gauhati high court lifts Nagaland’S Dog meat ban


In a historic ruling, the Gauhati High Court has lifted Nagaland’s ban on dog meat which was set to come into effect in 2023. The ruling has been welcomed by many who saw the ban as a violation of cultural and traditional practices.

Nagaland, a small northeastern state of India, is home to many indigenous communities who have a long history of hunting and consuming dogs. In fact, dog meat has been a part of the Naga cuisine for centuries and is considered a delicacy by many.

However, in July 2020, the state government passed a law banning the sale, purchase, and consumption of dog meat, citing animal cruelty and public health concerns. The move was widely criticized by Naga community leaders who felt that it was an attack on their culture and way of life.

Following this, various petitions were filed in the Gauhati High Court challenging the legality of the ban. The court heard arguments from both sides and ultimately decided that the ban was not backed by enough scientific evidence to justify its imposition.

The court further stated that the government’s action had a “discriminatory effect” on the Naga people and that the ban infringed upon their fundamental rights to food and culture. The verdict was seen as a victory for Naga identity and an affirmation of their rights.

The decision has been widely celebrated by the Naga community and its supporters, with many taking to social media to express their joy and relief. However, the move has also attracted criticism from animal rights activists who see it as a blow to animal welfare.

In response to this, the Naga community has argued that their methods of hunting and consumption of dogs are no different from other cultures’ practices of meat consumption, and that they treat their animals with respect and care. They further state that the government should focus on promoting ethical and sustainable animal husbandry practices instead of banning a specific food item.

The lifting of the Nagaland dog meat ban by the Gauhati High Court is a significant victory for the Naga people and their cultural rights. However, it also raises important questions about the intersection of culture and animal welfare and the need for ethical and sustainable animal husbandry practices. It remains to be seen how this issue will evolve in the coming years, but one thing is clear- the Naga people’s right to their cultural practices and food traditions must be respected and upheld.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the High Court stated that “the prohibition on consumption of dog meat and trade in dog meat, in the absence of any law, is arbitrary and violative of the fundamental rights of the petitioners”. The ban was also seen as a violation of cultural and dietary rights of the Nagas.

As per a report by The Wire, the Nagaland government had banned the sale and consumption of dog meat following a directive from the Central government, which had asked the states to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through animals. However, the ban was criticized by many as an attack on the cultural identity of the Nagas.

The decision of the High Court has been welcomed by the locals and various organizations, who have been fighting for the lifting of the ban. As per a report by The Hindu, the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) had earlier written to the Chief Minister, urging him to revoke the ban on dog meat, stating that it was a part of their culture and tradition.

However, the decision has also been criticized by animal rights activists, who have been advocating for the ban on dog meat across the country. According to a report by The Times of India, the Humane Society International (HSI) had earlier applauded the ban on dog meat in Nagaland, stating that it was a cruel and inhumane practice.

In conclusion, the lifting of the ban on dog meat in Nagaland by the Gauhati High Court has been a topic of debate and discussion among various groups. While it has been welcomed by the locals and various organizations as a victory for cultural and dietary rights, it has been criticized by animal rights activists as a setback for animal welfare. It remains to be seen how the Nagaland government will respond to this decision and whether they will appeal again.