An Indian state has banned the sale of dog meat after a sickening picture of doomed pups stuffed into sacks went viral.
The stomach-turning picture shows the pooches staring helplessly as a worker prepares to butcher them for curry in Nagaland, a northern province near the Burmese border.
Dog meat is seen as a delicacy in the area – with some markets letting locals pick the exact dog they’ll have for dinner.
Nagland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy tweeted: “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.”
It comes just days after the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations submitted an appeal to ban the trade when the sickening picture went viral.
They said in a statement: “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.”
Indian film director Among Kumar launched an online campaign begging people to sign a petition outlawing the sale of dog meat.
Dog catchers in nearby Assam are believed to net 50p for each pooch they snare.
The same dog can be sold for £10 at a market on the streets of Nagaland.
The state has special exemptions on animal cruelty laws to protect traditional culinary practices of locals.