Mumbai abattoir to go on strike, beef goes off shelves

Slaughter of cows is prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Published: February 10, 2015 2:41 am

Mumabi, which consumes nearly 90,000 kg of beef every day, will have to make do without this relatively cheaper meat, with beef traders operating at the Deonar abattoir deciding to go on an indefinite strike from February 11. The Mumbai-based traders are complaining against alleged harassment by right wing groups. Beef is already off the shelves in nearly 75 of the state’s towns and cities as traders in these areas have been on a strike for the past few days.

“In the past, the problem was limited to the run-up to Eid-ul-Adha when animals would be confiscated and our people beaten up by right wing groups, However, since the new government has come to power, we have been facing tremendous hardship in running this business. We are being hounded, our animals confiscated and men attacked. We have now decided to go on an indefinite strike to make people and the government understand our problem,” said Mumbai Suburban Beef Dealer Association president Mohammed Qureshi.

Slaughter of cows is prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976. Slaughter of bulls, bullock and buffaloes is allowed based on ‘fit-for-slaughter’ certificate. Qureshi has claimed that traders are being hounded in spite of possessing these certificates.

“People do not stop the farmer from selling his animal to a trader. However, when the trader buys the animal following the laid down law, he is hounded and troubled. We have now decided that we cannot take this any longer and will stop this trade until the state intervenes,” he said.

The city has 900 licensed stalls that sell beef and an equal number of illegal stalls. However, the culling and processing of the animals happens only in Deonar, one of the largest abattoirs in the country, where on an average nearly 450 big animals are slaughtered every day. Right wing groups and Jain organisations have been asking for shutting down the abattoir.

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  1. i
    Feb 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm
    Welcome to the world of modis divisive rule
    1. qamar mehtab
      Mar 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm
      Ours is though a Democratic country but w things revolve around Religions either directly or indirectly. One can understand Cow causes one must respect others Religious Faith..kisi bhi haalat mein Cow must be completely banned..but fail to understand why others can't understand others Religious faith the same way..when Government has already clearly gave Mandate that Bulls/Bullocks are allowed under Fit for Slaughter Certificate then again we want something more that this should also be come-on my dear Brothers its high time we lift ourselves above all this and think on the parameters laid down by our PM Shri Modiji..and make our Country a complete developed country..kab tak Developing Country kay Tag kay rehen..think it over my dear brothers..still there is time..
      1. Shk akb
        Feb 11, 2015 at 11:22 am
        The cows and bulls roams street eat from garbage bins get hurt by traffic, yet no one cares for them, how many cattle we can handle? if India has some practical solution the ban is welcome, but if they do not have any plans to handle these over poted cattles, then they shouldn't trouble traders, and do remember goats, chickens, pig, sea foods are animals too they too have life, besides veggies too have life!
        1. A
          Mar 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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            Rajeev Mehra
            Feb 15, 2015 at 1:31 am
            Please don't hurt any religion.. Jo sadiyon se chala aa raha rasam kabhi khatam nahi hoga... BJP.. Ab bhi sudhar jao.. Warna Delhi me BJP ki kya halat huyi hai sab ko pata hai.... Jai Maharashtra..
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