Gauhati HC quashed Nagaland govt’s notification banning dog meat’s sale

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The Kohima bench of the Gauhati High Courtrecently quashed the 2020 order of the Nagaland government that banned the sale and trade of dog meat in markets and restaurants.

An overview of the news

  • The High Court has observed in its order that the State or its executive officers cannot interfere with the rights of others unless they refer to a specific rule of law, which authorizes them to do so.

  • The High Court observed that dog meat appears to be an accepted food among the Nagas even in modern times.

  • Justice Marly Wankung gave this decision after hearing the petition of three persons.

  • This petition was filed under Article 226 of the Constitution for issuance of appropriate writ for violation of fundamental rights of the petitioners and principles of natural justice.

  • The Nagaland government had banned the sale, trade and import of dog meat on July 4, 2020, after photographs of disabled dogs tied in sacks were circulated on social media.

Nagaland State 

  • Nagaland was formally recognized as a separate state on December 1, 1963, with Kohima declared as its capital.

  • It is bounded by Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast, Manipur in the south and Assam in the west and northwest and Myanmar (Burma) in the east.

  • Mithun (Gyal) is the state animal of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Blyth's Tragopan is the state bird of Nagaland.

  • The Konyaks are the largest tribe, followed by the Aos, Tangkhul, Semas and Angami.

  • Other tribes include the Lotha, Sangtam, Phom, Chang, Khim Hungama, Yimchungar, Zeliang, Chakhesang (chokri) and Rengma.

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