Builsa South Member of Parliament (MP), Clement Apaak, has described as moot, the reason of animal cruelty cited by international animal rights activist Natasha Choolun for which she has petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to ban dog and cat meat in Ghana.
In an interview with Class News, the Builsa South MP said: “The consumption of any form of meat is a requirement to fulfil the protein needs of any organism, including humans.
“In our case, we have various traditions, cultures and ethnicities and by thinking of those traditions and cultures, there are certain species of animals that were consumed.
“So, for example, I am a Builsa; the consumption of dog meat is part of my culture, it’s part of my upbringing.
“There are many groups like the Akyems, the Frafras, Dagaabas and, in fact, the Chinese as well as the Koreans and even some Japanese also consume dog meat,” he said.
Meanwhile, the petition said apart from the fact that it is cruel to kill and eat those animals, they are also kept under unhygienic conditions, promoting the spread of fatal diseases.
The petition argued: “The World Health Organisation has confirmed that these global live animal markets must be closed, as they are at the root of COVID-19 and are also a breeding ground for the spread of other fatal diseases.