36 dogs rescued from dog meat trade to remain in the care of HSI/India

Mizoram court declined appeal from the Aizawl Dog Meat Seller Association for custody

Humane Society International

MIZORAM—Humane Society International/India has been awarded custody of 36 dogs rescued from the dog meat trade earlier this month after the Additional District and Sessions Judge at Aizawl District Court rejected a petition of the Aizawl Dog Meat Seller Association in Mizoram.

N. G Jayasimha, Managing Director HSI/India said, “We are delighted that the court has rejected the dog meat sellers’ application for custody. Dog meat consumption in India is illegal, and the way the trade is carried out is cruel. We are fortunate to have saved the lives of these dogs and hope that they will only get better from now on.”

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The court maintained that the dogs would continue to remain under the custody and care of HSI/India while the litigation is pending. The petition was made by a member of the Aizawi Dog Meat Seller Association after HSI/India filed a complaint against the dog meat transporter in Aizawl and the truck’s driver.

On June 9, HSI/India rescued 36 dogs from the dog meat trade after being informed of two trucks carrying dogs. The dogs were rescued from horrific conditions: tied in gunny bags and dumped on top of one another. While one of the dogs died in police custody, the rest are now recovering from infections, injured limbs and trauma in HSI/India’s care.

HSI/India’s campaign to end the dog meat trade launched in 2016. HSI is working to end the dog meat trade in South Korea, China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Last year, HSI/India rescued 17 dogs in Kolasib district in Mizoram and also got the dogs adopted through various adoption drives. Take action and donate to help dogs and other animals worldwide.

Media contact: Neelam Naseeb +91 920 5104695; nnaseeb@hsi.org

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