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May 17, 2020 - Devdiscourse

INDIA: Amid COVID pandemic, Centre urged to stop trade of dog, cat meat

INDIA: Amid COVID pandemic, Centre urged to stop trade of dog, cat meat
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A group of animal rights bodies has urged the central government to stop dog and cat meat trade saying it is the "perfect breeding ground" for another public health disaster after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a joint letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, four organizations - the Humane Society International/India, People for Animals, JBF (India) Trust and Pawsome also requested him to permanently shut down unhygienic cat and dog meat markets amid growing global concern about zoonotic diseases and public health danger zones.

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to people. Rabies, trichinosis, typhus and anthrax are such diseases. In parts of India, in spite of it being illegal, it is not unusual to see dogs being slaughtered alongside other species such as chickens and ducks and wildlife animals, the Humane Society International/India said in a release on Sunday.

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