Maharashtra bans beef, 5 years jail, Rs 10,000 fine for possession or sale

The President had signed the Bill and sent it to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which then informed the Maharashtra Governor of the decision.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Updated: January 27, 2017 2:58 pm
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Beef lovers in Maharashtra will now have to do without the red meat as President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, nearly 19 years after the Maharashtra Assembly passed the Bill during the BJP-Shiv Sena rule in 1995.

The slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976. However, the passage of the new Act will ban the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks, which was previously allowed based on a fit-for-slaughter certificate.

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The new Act will, however, allow slaughter of water buffaloes, which provides carabeef — generally seen as an inferior quality meat that makes up only 25 per cent of the total beef market in the state. Beef traders claim the move will not only render thousands jobless, but will also drive up the cost of other meats in the state.

“Thanks a lot Hon President Sir for the assent on Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill. Our dream of ban on cow slaughter becomes a reality now,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.

“This is a historic step, which has cultural as well as economic implications for the state. We had passed this Act when we were in power in 1995 and had sent it for the President’s nod in 1996. Subsequent governments in the state, however, failed to do the needful to get the Bill implemented. We had promised in our manifesto to bring this Bill and we have managed to do it,” BJP MP from Mumbai Kirit Somaiya said.

The President had signed the Bill and sent it to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which then informed the Maharashtra Governor of the decision.

Now, anyone found to be selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for five years and fined Rs 10,000.

The beef trade in the state is largely controlled by Muslims of the Qureshi caste. “Apart from rendering people jobless, the immediate effect will be the spiralling price of other meats as people will be forced to gravitate to them,” president of the Mumbai Suburban Beef Dealer Association Mohammed Qureshi said.

Beef, generally seen as the poor man’s meat, costs almost a third of mutton. Mumbai alone consumes nearly 90,000 kg of mutton every day, sold through 900 licensed stalls and an equal number of illegal stalls.

Beef traders said they are checking if they can take legal recourse. “We are now holding deliberations to see if we can challenge this in any way. The beef traders have been impacted but it will be the farmers who will be affected the most. Who will care for the old and infirm animals that were earlier sold for meat?” Arif Chowdhury, an office bearer of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, an organisation of beef traders, said.

“A recent government report has stated that there is nearly 61 per cent fodder shortage in the state. By banning the slaughter of old and infirm animals, the government is doing grave injustice to the healthy animals and farmers of Maharashtra,” Rajendra Dhende, a beef trader from Sangli, said.

Right-wing groups and Jain organisations have been asking for shutting down of the abattoirs and beef trade in the state.

Beef traders across Maharashtra were on strike for over a week in February to protest against the alleged harassment being meted out to beef traders. Fadnvais had later assured protection to beef traders after a delegation met him, which led to the strike being called off.

Glyston Gracias, brand chef at Smoke House Deli, Mumbai, said, “This is extremely sad to hear. I will have to go to another country. Most of the dishes at the restaurant are based on European cuisine. A lot of our foreign clientele, such as Japanese and Europeans, will miss beef on the menu. We will also lose out on alcohol sales because beef and beer go really well. I will find it difficult to do international cuisine.

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First Published on: March 3, 2015 3:22 am
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    sam
    Mar 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm
    How am i an ? I was just agreeing with you
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      Sad Day
      Mar 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm
      What a wonderful way to undo all the work done to persuade the world that we have arrived. The commercial capital of India goes ahead and bans beef signalling to the world that we cant get over petty 'who eats what issues' however we are ready for the world to Make in India and invest in India. I am ashamed and disappointed with this law. Cant believe that tolerance levels are so low and petty. Cant believe that the President consider that this would be restricting the freedoms of those who chose to eat beef and signal to the world that one of the the leaders of the country is fine with this kind of beliefs. And to top this the Chief Minister tweets like this is some kind of victory Really sad day for India
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        Aliac
        Mar 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm
        I feel that who ever opposes this or has opinions should STFU and eat their words. happens...and its called finding 'another job' . Its oki that I travel to dubai to get my beers and bacon, but you cant even move one bit of your to get some moo ? compensation to ? Greedy s, Clearly, All your heads are up your (s) and they are called 'eyes' and you need to open them, sincerely ... And, please... If you really think beef is so awesome, think of people who think bacon is awesome (in muslim countries) ... And, take away someones bacon and beer they become a terrorist, Not so much with Beef !
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          Hindustani
          Mar 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm
          hey beef lover,,,,, PIG
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            Hindustani
            Mar 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm
            I do not need either beef or pork. I am simply advising the people who are fond of beef and can not eat that because of the new law. Dude, if you are font of that you can try that even. with family and kids.
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              raj5151235
              Mar 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm
              How many potatoes & Onion plants do you kill to save your butt? You are a bigger killer of lives ...mind it.
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                raj5151235
                Mar 3, 2015 at 9:53 am
                Another example of how Governments never seem to do anything right. How can a bunch of politicians decide what the mes should or should not eat. Go anywhere in the world - Beef is accepted by the Pope, Rulers of the world, Presidents, Govt of all countries. This law is unacceptable by world standards & targeting the minority and their rights. This must be challenged in Supreme court....BTW I am a Hindu
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                  Man
                  Mar 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm
                  very good
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                    Bond
                    Mar 3, 2015 at 11:54 am
                    Kya giri hai ye...
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                      I
                      Mar 3, 2015 at 6:03 am
                      This is a very sensible move to protect the health of people consuming beef. See the comment in this article where it is mentioned that only old and infirm animals are sold for meat. Unless a person is very poor and has no other source of nutrition, nobody will knowingly consume this quality of beef.
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                        Illuminated
                        Mar 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm
                        Im a hindu. I had beef steak last Sunday. I loved it ...Im not liking this at all. And yeah for all those mussuz making funny comments... Do you and Islamic country will allow Pork joints...Coz I love them too. Sad part is I loved this because I was in India...and i at least had the freedom to choose what I eat...Now it feels Im in Saudi.... or Just as ty !!!
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                          John
                          Mar 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm
                          Will goverment ban fishing also, fish also related to Hindu mythology
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                            Joshua Nazareth
                            Mar 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm
                            There are Islamic countries that allow consumption by pork! And btw most Islamic countries are not democracies!
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                              Joshua Nazareth
                              Mar 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm
                              India is becoming a very disturbing place to live in! The present government has no interest in protecting minorities.... Democracy is dead in this country!
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                                Fazz
                                Mar 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm
                                Well not only people nut also since increase in potion of cows the consumation of plants will increase substantially.
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                                  Fazz
                                  Mar 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm
                                  You cannot just ban something outright... Banning the slaughter is one thing bit the trade of already slaughtered animals atthe time of act will lead to a huge wastage which would've rather fed people for quite a length of time. It is called an act of preservation... Do you know after this bill people will turn their eyes towards goats and poultry... Which will dramatically reduce in matter of months then p the bill for preservation of all animals and birds.... Which leads to consumation of plants then ban plants as well... Later on in life we will survive on vitamin tablets... This is not an anti-muslim act.... It is essentially an anti-ecosystem act.
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                                    Fazz
                                    Mar 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm
                                    You know if the trade of beef stops... So does the care for cattle you can check statistics that milk trade is far less profitable than beef trade... Now the farmers will hike the price of milk and dairy products to cover losses if they don't then i am pretty sure they will in it to increase produce.. Water is less abundant lately.. You are not helping cows and many ofthem will die as either road kills or food poisoningbor starvation
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                                      Mike
                                      Mar 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm
                                      Who sells animals for beef?
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                                        Karma Ts
                                        Mar 4, 2015 at 10:07 am
                                        Can the BJP ban Sizzler stake in London and california!! .. i really want to see that...
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                                          Karma Ts
                                          Mar 4, 2015 at 10:39 am
                                          They need to focus on rape victims.. improving bomaby!! for the peopple.. You saying.. no more steak and BBQ.. WOW
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                                            Karma Ts
                                            Mar 4, 2015 at 9:46 am
                                            every where around the world they eat meat and like India.. they don't ban people from what to eat.. Since BJP has come into power in mumbai.. lot of things are getting shut down... mark my words on previous congress to come back in power... congress made roads and credit cards... this will start a french revolution like they say in french.. revolution...
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