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BEEF CONSUMPTION IN INDIA

BEEF CONSUMPTION IN INDIA India is a place of gods and cows are considered to be a very sacred animal here. They can be compared to mothers who all our needs, for instance, cow gives us milk and the use of cow dung can also be beneficial. They are to be worshipped here and killing them is a prohibited act. But, is this the real truth? Let’s find out.
Despite the image of sacredness of cows, they are still eaten by more than 10 million people on a regular basis. According to a report in 2012, India became number one as beef exporter in the world, if cows are really considered to be the gift from god then how could this be possible?
Cow slaughtering is banned in many states of India. States who follow this law includes Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Odessa, Himachal Pradesh, Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Goa and Daman and Diu do not have such laws but they give permission of killing those cows which are either old or sick. Other states permit slaughtering of all cows only when they will get a certificate for “a fit for slaughter”.  Kerala is known as the most “beef friendly” state of India,.

In most of the states, killing cow is banned then how can beef business is getting so huge?  People tend to think that only Christians and Muslims are beef eaters but you will be shocked to know that scheduled castes and tribes, which constitutes twenty five percent of the population of our country. Slaughters either take cows to travel long  distances at places where killing cow is legal, for instance, Kerala, or they’re killed illegally at their own places.
The smuggling of cow slaughtering will increase day by day and therefore government should do make ONE rule in all over India, that is,  they should be banned all over this country, not just because of religious grounds but also for several other reasons which are as follows :-
1. It will finally end the “war” or riots related to killing of bulls and cows.
2. Animal rights would be encouraged.
3. It will encourage people to abandon non vegetarian food and would go vegan. Government would also take steps to ban slaughtering of other animals.
4. Cows gives us so much then why eat them?

In 2012, India became the world’s largest exporter of beef, earning over Rs. 18,000 crore. The lower-priced halal beef has found markets in Africa, Southeast Asia, and West Asia. While a bulk of this beef is from buffalo (11 per cent of buffaloes are slaughtered for meat), a significant portion is also from cows (6 per cent of the cattle population is slaughtered).

The exponential growth in beef production and consumption was matched by new laws prohibiting and regulating the slaughter of cattle in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

Cattle slaughter has been tightly regulated in most States since Independence. The Madhya Pradesh law criminalizes not just the slaughtering of cows but also the act of transporting cattle for slaughter. The Karnataka law (modified after the defeat of former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa in May 2013) originally criminalized the sale, possession and consumption of beef.

Recently, Maharashtra and Haryana government took a huge step by banning on selling of beef,  however there is no such laws in Goa, even though BJP government is ruling in both states, that is, Maharashtra and Goa, which is quite surprising, isn’t it? Few days back, president of  Bharatiya Janta Party,  Mr. Amit Shah spoke that they are not planning on banning of beef in the whole nation wide

The new laws all state that they are meeting the commitment made in Article 48 of the Constitution which says: “The State shall Endeavour to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milk and draught cattle.”

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