New PETA India Video Exposes Illegal Dog-Meat Trade

New PETA India Video Exposes Illegal Dog-Meat Trade

London – It’s illegal to kill dogs for meat in India – but a new PETA India video recorded in markets in northeast India reveals a bustling dog-meat trade. Puppies bark inside cages, while adult dogs with their mouths tied shut are confined to sacks. After the dogs have been sold, vendors remove their internal organs and char their bodies with a blowtorch.

Other animals for sale included live eels, mice, frogs, and birds. Blood and innards were everywhere, and buyers and sellers routinely touched dead animals without wearing gloves – conditions that risk disease transmission. COVID-19 is largely believed by experts to have spread from a live-animal market, and SARS, swine flu, and bird flu have also been linked to the practice of confining and killing animals for food.

“Whether they sell dogs in Dimapur or birds in Brooklyn, filthy live-animal markets are hot spots of suffering and petri dishes for pandemics,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA entities around the world are calling on the World Health Organization to shut down these cruel and dangerous markets and urge everyone disturbed by this footage to go vegan.”

PETA India has filed a complaint and alerted local authorities to the live-animal markets, which also appear to violate wildlife and animal protection laws.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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