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The reality of the illegal dog meat trade is something that most dog-lovers find very difficult to stomach. We see our dogs as beloved and trusted companions and the idea that any person could bring themselves to torture or kill a pup is absolutely abhorrent. In the wake of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and the beginning of Bok-Nal in South Korea, many organizations and individuals have stepped up to raise awareness for the practice of dog meat eating and help to either make it illegal or hinder the trade as much as possible.

Unfortunately, as a recent undercover investigation from Humane Society International (HSI) shows, just because dog meat is banned in certain places doesn’t always mean that the trade no longer exists.

Nagaland, India is located in the north-eastern region of the country and shares a border with Myanmar. Although the dog meat trade is illegal in India, HSI discovered that there is a thriving illicit trade in this area. Investigators witnessed horrific images of dogs packed into sacks, sitting blatantly in defiance of the law at local markets in Kohima and Dimapur. Many of the dogs either had their mouths stitched closed or were muzzled with tight ropes. To make matters even more heartbreaking, HSI explains, “During transport and display in the markets, they are denied movement, food or water, before finally being clubbed to death.”

Undercover Investigation in India Discovers are Dogs Being Illegally Killed in 'Death Pits' for Meat

 

 

These dogs end their short and terrifying lives in “death pits” where they are beaten to death in front of other dogs. According to investigators, most dogs were beaten several times before dying.

HSI/India’s managing director, N. G Jayasimha, who witnessed the killing, said in a press release, “ I see animal suffering every day as part of my job at Humane Society International/India, but the brutal dog trade of Nagaland is some of the worst inhumanity to animals I have ever witnessed, and it still haunts me. The underground pit in Kohima where we filmed was like a nightmare … It was clear to me that many of the dogs were stolen pets still wearing their collars, but whether street or pet dogs, none of these animals should ever have to endure such cruelty.”

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An estimated 30,000 dogs, a combination of stray and pets, will be subjected to this horrible experience a year.  While this is devastating to learn, there is something we can all do. HSI has launched a campaign to get India’s government and the Chief Minister of Nagaland to crack down on this illegal trade. They have also put out an online petition calling the government to act swiftly.

Undercover Investigation in India Discovers are Dogs Being Illegally Killed in 'Death Pits' for Meat

With our collective efforts to raise awareness and put pressure on the Nagaland government, we can help see justice for all of the dogs who have already lost their lives, and hopefully ensure that no more are subjected to such horrific abuse.

All image source: Alokparna Sengupta/Humane Society International 

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408 comments on “Undercover Investigation Reveals Dogs Killed in Horrific ‘Death Pits’ to Fuel India’s Illegal Meat Trade”

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Pauline Mc Gauchie Matthews
1 Years Ago

There is no god or gods and we the human race or species are the worst living so and so walking on this planet!


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Pauline Mc Gauchie Matthews
1 Years Ago

There is no god or gods and we the human race or species are the worst living so and so walking on this planet!


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Thess de Guzman-Simonetta
1 Years Ago

This breaks my heart and can't help but cry. Why can't they spare dogs!!! Let them live and be free like human.... God created them to be part of our lives....ONLY EVIL can do that to the poor dogs...


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Cindy LaPaugh
15 Jul 2016

Heartbreaking for me also. My dog is my best friend, sanity literally.

Thess de Guzman-Simonetta
1 Years Ago

This breaks my heart and can't help but cry. Why can't they spare dogs!!! Let them live and be free like human.... God created them to be part of our lives....ONLY EVIL can do that to the poor dogs...


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Cindy LaPaugh
15 Jul 2016

Heartbreaking for me also. My dog is my best friend, sanity literally.

Cindy LaPaugh
1 Years Ago

I just signed the petition...


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Angie McIntosh
1 Years Ago

Killing is killing. All animals the same. None of it necessary. All of it sad. Wish the world would change. Each person must be change.


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Cristina L. Curatolo
1 Years Ago

this people are as good as the chinese dog eaters! We should avoid to buy anything from them too!


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Leslie Giroux Bocian McCaulley
1 Years Ago

Signed the petition. Hope everyone wil do the same and hope for a change. I was very surprised to hear this of India. Thought it was just China & Korea that were that sickening, heartless, and cruel to these helpless, voiceless animals that feel PAIN & FEAR. I truly hope whoever is involved in these horrific atrocities have Karma coming their way swiftly & with a vengeance.


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Ab
19 Jul 2016

It\'s still China and Korea, nobody eats Dogs, cats, snakes in entire sub-continent (India, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh), but those regions which are closer to China follow the ILLEGAL trade of dogs ( Lions, tigers too sometimes, they are in great demand in China).
Indians would never consume Dogs, cats while Chinese would never stop, as it is their culture, just like you eat eggs, fish etc...they too are living beings. Then, you consume milk which is a calf\'s birth right but you deny it by taking your share. Nobody in this world is devoid of cruelty, not even Gods of any culture.

Leanne Labonte Fisk
1 Years Ago

I pray that there is a hell and that all those who brutally torture and kill animals will go to that hell and feel every ounce of their victims pain for eternity. I also hope all those involved in the barbaric torture including those stealing the dogs, transporting them and knowingly eating them go to that hell. Those knowingly wearing animal fur from fur farms and tortured animals should also go to that hell.


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Trish Squire
1 Years Ago

Bastard fuckin arseholes


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