The import, sale and trading of the dog meat have been banned in Nagaland following an uproar on the social media, state Chief Secretary Temjen Toy announced on Twitter.

“The State Government has decided to ban commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets and also the sale of dog meat, both cooked and uncooked. Appreciate the wise decision taken by the State’s Cabinet,” Toy twitted on Friday.

The Nagaland cabinet’s decision has come in the wake of viral pictures and videos being circulated on the internet.

The pictures and videos, mostly from Dimapur’s wet markets, are disturbing as dogs are seen stuffed into in gunny bags and their mouths are tied with ropes.

This Nagaland’s decision is not for the first time in its history as the state had once asked the Urban Local Bodies to stop selling dog meat. The decision was not implemented back then.

On Thursday, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) had submitted a plea, asking the Nagaland government to ban the trading of dog meat.

“Today (Thursday), we have submitted a fresh appeal to the Government of Nagaland to take immediate actions to implement a ban on the sale, smuggling and consumption of dog meat in the State and ensure the enforcement of stringent animal welfare laws,” the FIAPO said in a statement.