Kerala protests ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, organises beef fests

The protests were carried out despite Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's assurance that he would approach the prime minister in this matter.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2017 9:31 pm
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Kerala on Saturday witnessed “beef fests” in various parts of the state to protest the central government’s decision on banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. The protests were carried out despite Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s assurance that he would approach the Prime Minister in this matter. CM Vijayan has, however, already written to PM Modi saying such restrictions would prove to be a challenge in upholding plurality and the essence of the nation. “It would also be against the principles of secularism and federalism enshrined in our constitution,” he wrote in the letter.

This move of the Union government has been slammed by several states and organisations. Claiming the decision to be a part of RSS agenda, CM Vijayan on Friday said, “Crores of people in the country are slaughtering animals for food. Those who consume meat do not belong to any particular religion. Narendra Modi has interfered with people’s right to eat. If cattle is banned today, in future there could be a ban on eating fish.”

The protests in the state today were led out by activists of the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, opposition Congress-headed UDF and their youth wings. According to a PTI report, demonstrations were also held outside the secretariat in the state capital where the protesters cooked and distributed beef on the road side. “We will eat beef to show our protest against the central government. We want to tell this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” DYFI national president Mohammed Riyaz, who led the protest, said.

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday notified the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. “The aim of the rules is only to regulate the animal market and sale of cattle in them and ensure welfare of cattle dealt in them,” he said.


Senior Congress leader and former Union minister A K Antony also hit out at the government in the Centre and said the notification should be “torn to bits” and “dumped in a dust-bin”.

A group of congress workers in Kollam district cooked beef in front of the DCC office to register its opposition to the Centre’s decision. Tourism and Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran was amongst those who participated in a beef fest in Kochi. Youth congress activists at Kannur publicly butchered a cow to protest against the centre’s decision.

Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy also slammed the government for imposing the ban by calling the decision “autocratic” and a “clear case of infringement” on the rights of people relating to food habits.

M K Stalin, DMK’s working president also urged the Centre to withdraw the ban to protect the country’s pluralism and that it should not curtail the freedom of choice in respect of food.

On Monday, the UDF will be observing ‘black day’ against the ban, said opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala at Thrissur. “Front workers will wear black badges and take out protest marches,” he added.

The ban, opposed by many was, however, welcomed by animal protection bodies and organisations running cow shelters. Union minister Maneka Gandhi, who is also an animal rights activist, also strongly supported the ban.

According to a PTI report, Union Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu when asked by reporters in New Delhi about the ban appealed to all not to give a communal colour to “the decision made in line with a Supreme Court directive.”

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    Shabeer Hassan
    May 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of) heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun (the use of) meat. Rig Veda 10.86.14 [Indra speaks :] The worshippers dress for me fifteen (and) twenty bulls : I eat them and (become) fat, they fill both sides of my belly ;Indra is above all (the world). Atharva Veda 6.71.1 What food I eat of varied form and nature, food whether horse, sheep, goat, or bullock. Atharva Veda 9.4.18 All Gods promote the Brahman who offers the Bull in sacrifice. Rig Veda 5.29.8 When thou [Indra] three hundred buffaloes’ flesh hadst eaten, and drunk. तरी यच छता ‘’’महिषा’’’णाम अघो ‘’’मास’’’’ तरी सरांसि मघवा सोम्यापाः | कारं न विश्वे अह्वन्त देवा भरम इन्द्राय यद अहिं जघान ||
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      Shabeer Hassan
      May 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm
      Manu Smriti 5.31 ‘The consumption of meat (is be ing) for sacrifices,’ that is declared to be a rule made by the gods; but to persist (in using it) on other (occasions) is said to be a proceeding worthy of Rakshasas. Mahabharata 3.207 …’The sacred fire is fond of animal food,’ this saying has come down to us. And at sacrifices animals are invariably killed by regenerate Brahmanas, and these animals being purged of sin, by incantation of hymns, go to heaven. If, O Brahmana, the sacred fire had not been so fond of animal food in ancient times, it could never have become the food of any one. तां तदा दर्शयित्वा तु मैथिली गिरिनिम्नगाम् ।निषसाद गिरिप्रस्थे सीतां मांसेन छन्दयन् ।। इदं मध्यमिदं स्वादु निष्टप्तमिद मग्निना ।एवमास्ते स धर्मात्मा सीतया राघवः ।। (वाल्मीकि रामायण, अयोध्या काण्ड, 96, 1 व 2) QUESTION 2: WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE FORCED US TO BAN BEEF/MEAT EVEN VEDA AND UPANISHID PROMOTE IT?
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        Adisankar
        May 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm
        Mr.Hassan. thanks for your concern about Vedas and Upanishads. As per your saying, you are following Hindu Shastras and Vedas. So kind of you. But the same Hindu Sasthras says "Ahimsa Paramodharmaha". Why dont you follow this! Dharma is differed by the way of using it and the context of using it. One can't blindly follow something until we were stopped growth at Brain. I am happy as you know many dharma sasthras but cant you understand the minimum thing, that one shouldn't hurt others. try to practice the good where ever you found whether it may be in Hindu Shasthras or Khuran! A small suggestion made by your younger brother......Keep smi . Jai Hind.
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        Harjit Singh Chitkara
        May 30, 2017 at 8:28 am
        Although I am strictly vegetarian still I feel that it should be left to individual to see what he wants to eat and what not.There is no place for Government to interfere in this matter. If Government is allowed unfettered interference, tomorrow it may ban wearing of Dhoti in public. It may ban any speech against Government policy. It may ban independent thinking and force the people think what Government expects them to think. A step towards dictatorship and Totalitarianism.
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          Adisankar
          May 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm
          Mr.Harjit Singh, You must be appreciated for being a Vegetarian. It causes you to think about other's welfare. One thing you should recalled is, Verdicts are made by taking the agreement of Majority people(not all).By no verdict every one will be happy, but Majority should be agreed.Hence it is called "Made for People".We (Hindhus the people living in Bharath/India) was ransacked by many types of people since ages. Moghals, British, Dutch, Portugeese and unfortunately by Indians also (from 1947 to 1999). When the Independence was declared we (Hindus) are majority and other minority religions existed in India. With kindness, we (even though lost equally) took care about the minority people for 70years. If a family has two children One Elder and other Youger, the younger(Minority) one may be taken more care until he started living on his own. Later, the thoughts of Elder(Majority) one should also be considered as he sacrificed them earlier. Try to understand and Keep going..Jai Hind.
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            Anisur
            Jul 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm
            Get your History education corrected! The origin of Hinduism is not India, Aryan brought the Hindu scripts along with them when they invaded India. Like 90 Indians, you do not know the history correct! You people only know history taught by politicians and spread violence all over places you live. You don't even know that human life is more precious than a life of a cow! First respect your own mother, sisters and daughters then think about caring a cow mother. Why still kill the foetus of a baby girl? What true care can you take for an animal when you do not give value to human lives!
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          Fanak
          May 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm
          We all have the right and freedom to decide what to eat and not. Let we decide ourself.. that's our freedom.
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            Adisankar
            May 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm
            Yes Mr.Fanak, You will get this type of freedom only in India. But nowhere else in the world. What Govt did is not a limitation, it is a courtesy towards respecting tradition.
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            Ramesh Babu Ghanta
            May 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm
            In the name of animal protection narendra Modi government is provoking people to fight among themselves.The saffron brigade always tries to divert people 's attention from their real problems.
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              Adisankar
              May 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm
              Mr.Ramesh, I thought you are still in the wrong way even after 3 years since the syllabus was changed the present syllabus "People's problems are high priority and they must be solved first". Since three years there is no Scam.I never see a govt working like this(People Motto) after I was taken first breath. My request to you is, please upgrade your syllabus to the new one. I think You are still reading the Old Syllabus which was found trash now.
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              Beef ullathiyathu
              May 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm
              You don't eat beef your choice, I eat beef my choice. Stop interfering in my freedom and right to EAT.
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                suraj
                May 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm
                commies,muzzies and xtians destro hindu culture in kerala.kerala hindus are namesake hindus only living as a second cl citizens under shadow of muzzies/xtians and commies.Even the percentage of kerala hindus drastically decreasing every decade.
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                  TSC
                  May 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                  The word 'Hindu' is NOT originally an Indian word. The word 'Hindu' is neither a Sanskrit word, nor is this word found in any of the native dialects and languages of India. It is a Persian word used by the Muslims who conquered and ruled the North and Central parts of India. The original meaning of the Persian word 'Hindu' is slave, black, etc. So after defeating the Northern part of India, the conquerors used this word to humiliate the inhabitants there. But Kerala was never part of any of those North Indian empires. It is mentioned in Maharishi Shri Dayanand Saraswati Aur Unka Kaam (Edited by Lala Lajpat Rai, 1898), that the word 'Hindu' is based on a derogatory meaning. In Persian, says the author, the word means slave. Similar meanings are there in the Persian dictionaries, Lughet-e-Kishwari, Urdu-Feroze-ul-Laghat, etc. The word 'Hindu' is NOT found in any ancient Indian literature but found in the Persian literature; ‘Hindu-e-falak’ in Persian means ‘the black of the sky’.
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                    Adisankar
                    May 30, 2017 at 12:55 pm
                    So what you are tel is "If someone came and cut over head, the other parts will be alive and unaffected". We are all united since thousands of years. The one who you said, "Conquered" came here in search of Food, Wealth and Other things are which were not provided at their native place. We(people lived in this great land "Bharath" were well provided by GOD with what really needed. And When you see history, No man from Bharath fight against other countries until they caused us to fight. "Be an Indian(Bharathwasi) while you are living in India". You praised the brutal kings great and undermined our land's sanc y. it is our minimum sense to work for our mother land. All the world has great respect towards this country, except a specialized people like you. Try to understand. These are the words from your brother.....Jai Bharath.
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                      Anisur
                      Jul 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                      Mr. Adisankar, get your History education right! Oh,you do not need to upate this syllabus. The origin of Hinduism is not India, Aryans brought the Hindu scripts along with them when they invaded India. Like 90 Indians, you do not know the history correct! You people only know history taught by politicians and spread violence all over places you live. You don't even know that human life is more precious than a life of a cow! First respect your own mother, sisters and daughters then think about caring a cow mother. Why still kill the foetus of a baby girl? What true care can you take for an animal when you do not give value to human lives!
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                    suraj
                    May 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                    Swami Vivekanda was correct in cal Kerala a lunatic asylum.
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                      Anisur
                      Jul 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm
                      Do you know that Swami Vivekananda himself preferred to eating beef! He mentioned that hosts should arange beef when inviting a guest. Get your facts correct, search for truth.
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