Goa meat traders on strike from today, demands a check on vigilantism

Given that consumption of meat is higher in the winter months when large number of tourists descend on Goa, meat supplies are expected to be badly hit.

Written by Smita Nair | Panjim | Updated: January 6, 2018 7:18 am
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From Saturday, the Goa Meat Traders Association, an umbrella body which supplies meat across tourist belts, hotels and households in Goa, will be on an indefinite strike till the state intervenes to check the “rising cases” of vigilantism “in the name of beef”.

Given that consumption of meat is higher in the winter months when large number of tourists descend on Goa, meat supplies are expected to be badly hit.

For the last two weeks, the association has been trying to meet government authorities to complain about “forced cases of vigilantism and harassment” by NGOs and people claiming to represent the animal welfare board.
Manna Bepari, president of the Goa Meat Traders Association, said: “The first so-called raid happened on December 25, on Christmas day. We bring cattle meat from Karnataka since we are not allowed under law to slaughter them. We purchase the meat legally and transport it to Goa.”

“Trucks are stopped at check posts where these NGOs step in and start destroying the meat. They start by taking photographs of the meat, claiming it is beef. We have told them that we do not trade in cow meat and neither do we get it to Goa,” he said. “There is a legal procedure for seizures to take place and the meat has to be stored in refrigerators, and the sample sent to a laboratory for inspection and final report. In all these raids, these vigilante groups enter trucks with washing detergents, phenyl and destroy our meat. This is bizarre. No action is taken against them,” he said.

The meat, Bepari said, is brought from Karnataka as traders in Goa are not allowed to slaughter animals anywhere outside the government-recognised Goa Meat Complex.

“When the first raid happened, we approached the government. We had all the paperwork. The raids though have continued. Even purchase of meat is verified by officials at that end. We are going on strike till the government or the animal husbandry in Goa talks to us.”

“This silent backing to vigilante groups, who are misguiding the public, is not serving anyone. We purchase meat for legal supply to hotels, tourist shacks and other meat houses which then stock at malls and shops where Goans buy their meat. The strike is our first and loudest call for help. We want to know who will the government back, these vigilante groups or the traders who are doing the trade legally, with respect for the state’s law,” he said.

In a day, around 15 tonnes of meat is supplied through this network, with the tourists belts the biggest consumers. The association has 70 traders who then supply to retail houses across Goa. Since Christmas, Bepari said, the “raids” have continued by citizens who never carry “any identity card or documentation showing which NGO they belong to”.

In the Goa assembly, responding to a question from Francisco Silveira of the Congress, Mauvin Godinho, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, said in a written reply: “The Goa Meat Complex Ltd is fully operational. However, at present the traders are unable to bring animals for slaughter as they are not getting Transport Permit Certificate from concerned authorities to bring animals from outside the state.”

Meat traders across the state have been complaining of increased paperwork and fresh legal requirement being introduced in procuring animals for slaughter. On an average, the complex used to slaughter 22 cattle daily. In a separate reply, the minister said: “This being a Service Abattoir, we only slaughter the animals and supply 04 quarters of each animal to the meat traders.”

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  1. Suman Biswas
    Jan 7, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Illegal is illegal.Govt should ensure and follow the laws.Vet certificate that animals r more than 14 years. No calf and milking cows to ve slaughtered. This nothing to do with religion....Britishers...Had policy divide and rule... Unfortunately still its prevailing. Don't forget...Cow is beneficial to mankind...Irrespective of any religion.
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    1. Parth Garg
      Jan 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm
      So despite assurance from CM Parrikar the fringe elements and cow vigilantes are on the prowl. Kya hua tera vaada?
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      1. nagarnaru1
        Jan 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm
        (Red meat is linked to an increased stroke risk, and the odds go up the more meat people eat.) {Eating steak, bacon, or sausage on a regular basis can put at 50 greater risk of blockage that can lead to an ischemic stroke.} (Red meat, processed meat, and eggs increase risk for stroke) [Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.Foods to avoid—because they can directly increase your risk—include processed foods containing trans fats, smoked- or processed meats, and diet sodas] ANY MEAT AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET TODAY IS A SURE INVITATION TO CANCER, DIABETES, STROKE. Please avoid meat. Turn vegan. LIVE A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE.
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        1. blackpower 666
          Jan 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm
          the healhiest countries in the world are all meat eaters Italy,Iceland Switzerland Singapore Australia Spain Japan Sweden. how about sweets? major cause of diabetes in india and cardiovascular diseases. and sweets is veg. how about oil indian junk food? how baout roadside frying using the same oil time after time? how about banning these? it is not the meat alone that kills you. it is much more complex than that with far more parameters than just the meat component that you have outlined
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        2. nagarnaru1
          Jan 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm
          The WHO has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries. One of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease. Studies showed that vegetarians were about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters. AVOID MEAT. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CANCER, HEART ATTACK, BRAIN TUMOR
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          1. Huzefa Faizi
            Jan 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm
            What to eat an what not to eat, let the choice remain with us. If you are so concerned about cancer please write on ills of tobacco. Presently the most rampant cancer in our society is the divisive and Hindutva politics unleashed on the country. Denounce that to make the country healthier and a better place
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            1. Mukhtar Ary
              Jan 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm
              So fis Takfiri mujlims are fine? You get of fis their ilk Hindutva politics will lose support. Muslims fighting for Shariah Law in India should be rounded up packed off to Bakistan or Soodi Arabia as slaves.
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              1. Mukhtar Ary
                Jan 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm
                you are a wahabi fanatic. No 72 beautiful maids for you in jannat though. They are all used ones.
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            2. gopal goshala
              Jan 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm
              Compare a MURDEROUS MEAT EATING society with a PURE VEGAN SOCIETY. (1) Meat is responsible for 60 percent of the colon and rectal cancer cases and heart diseases along with stroke. (2) Meat requires huge REFRIGERATION UNITS and millions of miles of TRANSPORT which destroy our ecology, environment. A 'live animal' is 1000 times beneficial financially, ecologically than a 'slaughtered animal'. 'Live animals' can provide us gobar to produce (1) Gobar cooking gas (2) The same gas can be used to transport us at a very cheap rate of 1 rupee per KM (3) The same gas can be used to generate electricity at the rate of 1 rupee per unit (4) After separation of Methane gas, the residue becomes the best, nutritious manure without toxin. It is imperative that India chooses the most judicious method and implement a stringent ban on ABATTOIRS and MEAT SELLING SHOPS.
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              1. blackpower 666
                Jan 6, 2018 at 1:05 pm
                ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL - dungbrained dimwit logic. GO DRAW A BOUNDARY LINE AROUND YOUR OWN HOUSE AND CALL IT REPUBLIC OF GOPAL GOSHALA. and grow your own veggies and rice. for one GOPAL one cannot expect nearly 70 pcent of indian population eating meat to stop for your sake! btw you will have to clean your own sh 1t, go down your own manhole, clean up you used condoms n sanitary napkins, corpses, carcasses - there will be no lowcaste dalits to do that
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                1. blackpower 666
                  Jan 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm
                  beef eating has been part of indian culture as extant in the vedas, charak samhita - wonder who you are with your exaggerated degree of self-importance to force your will that india must ban abattoirs? about 70 pcent or more are meat eaters. your caveman ancestors ate human flesh - so stop peddling your saffron myopic views. pl visit my locality and collect all the stray cattle that are a nuisance cleanup the stray dung the stinking p!ss.
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                  1. Mukhtar Ary
                    Jan 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm
                    Are these the lies taught in the madarassas convents in the name of Bible and Koran? No wonder you people hate Hindus.
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                  2. blackpower 666
                    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm
                    india has a population that is one billion plus and counting. the global pop is 8 billion and counting - there's far too many people on the planet responsible for the dwindling flora and fauna. merely focussing on holy cow - how can a cow be holy??? did the cow come and demand to you to make it holy - Oh! do you speak cow language then? nowhere in the world is cow holy not even in the animal kingdom. what is the cow and bull contribution to global warming? biogas - have you considered the contribution to global warming? why just cow? any animal's excreta including yours is source of biogas - but you dont get something out of nothing so have you considered the untreatable waste? will your cattle excreta replace all the megawatt thermal powerstations? nuclear power stations? how many tonnes and tonnes of cow do you need to replaee these power stations? how many tonnes of cow are required to supply power to a mall? to an IT office? to a 1000 bed hospital?
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                    1. Mukhtar Ary
                      Jan 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm
                      You can eat Beef but likewise, we have the right to kill beef eaters whoever that may be. You should not cry foul when we lynch you miserable creatures to death. Good riddance and effective population control strategy too.
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