‘Eating dog meat is our right’- Dr Apaak reacts to petition for gov’t to ban dog & cat meat

PIC. 4. A MAN DRAGGING AWAY DOGS HE BOUGHT AT THE BUKURU DOG MARKET IN JOS ON WEDNESDAY (15/8/12).
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Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has responded to a petition by an International Animal Rights activist to have the Government of Ghana ban the trade in cat and dog meat.

The petitioner also wants the consumption of said meat banned.

The petition which is being spearheaded by Natasha Choolun seeks to ask the President to implement existing laws against animal cruelty, maltreatment and neglect, provide funding for trap, neuter and release programs to prevent street dogs and cats from breeding, get all dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, and ban dog and cat meat in Ghana.

Read: Gov’t petitioned to ban trade, consumption of dog & cat meat

The petition emphasizes that the World Health Organization warns that the dog and cat meat trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.

In a Facebook post, the MP seemed to have been concerned about the petition.

Folks, yours truly was offline yesterday. Just got online this morning to see many messages from across the world regarding a petition to the government of Ghana to ban some delicacies.

I’m told listed in the said petition, which I’m yet to see, is DOG, CAT meat and a few others. I don’t speak for Cat eaters, but as the global President of the DOG eaters Association, I assure members that the said petition will never see the light of day.

I urge members to stay calm and continue enjoying their delicacy. I expect members to increase consumption over this weekend. It’s our human, cultural and traditional right.

I remain a DOG eating citizen.

Dog meat is a special delicacy among Ghanaians, particularly in some parts of Northern Ghana and the move to have it banned has received a lot of backlash from those who have it as their favourite meat and those whose livelihoods depend on the sale of it.

By Prince Nartey|3news.com|Ghana