UP govt’s lack of appetite for meat leaves poor zoo animals starving

UP illegal slaughterhouse ban: Kanpur zoo animals are likely to be just one example out of many facing a bizarre existential crisis amidst the meat politics.

Written by Nandini Rathi | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2017 3:16 pm
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The new Uttar Pradesh BJP government’s distaste with meat is not just impacting Lucknow’s non-vegetarian eateries. It turns out that carnivorous animals in Kanpur Zoo too will have to change their eating habits to sync with the political diet of the new chief minister. Hindustan Times reported today that about 70 carnivorous animals housed in the Kanpur Zoological Park have been put on a forced fast due to a short supply of meat since the four slaughterhouses within the ambit of Kanpur Municipal Corporation have been sealed off.

According to multiple reports, Lucknow zoo, which consumes 200 kgs of meat on a daily basis, is reportedly facing a similar crisis where animals have partially starved.

The closure of illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses was one of the main promises of BJP’s election manifesto, and one of the first to be pushed into action after the swearing in of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister on Sunday. A number of abattoirs all over Uttar Pradesh have been subjected to raids and seal-offs in the last four days. But what were the provisions made for those whose diet naturally comprises only and exclusively of meat?

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The Kanpur zoo animals included an adult tiger, a lion and a lioness. According to the zoo officials, adult lions and tigers need upto 8-12 kgs of meat as a daily diet. Even cats and jackals needs about 2 kgs daily. The Kanpur zoo as a whole reportedly needs 150 kgs of meat supply every day, which is outsourced to a contractor who was unable it to supply on Wednesday, due to lack of availability. “The pregnant ones are being given chicken but they are not interested. Many of them have not touched food since morning,” he told HT.

Of course, Kanpur zoo animals are likely to be just one example out of many facing a bizarre existential crisis amidst the meat politics. The government’s lack of foresight in accounting for zoo requirements is appalling but unsurprising.

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    chakm
    Mar 24, 2017 at 8:56 am
    This is a CRIME. An absolute injustice and criminal act that must be overturned immediately. This is an act of sheer and voluntary abuse of helpless animals of the highest kind; and this individual calls for veneration of the cow! What insolence!lt;br/gt;And above all, he calls himself a 'Yogi'? This is a totally heartless individual who has no respect for either God's creation or His laws of nature.
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      manua samir
      Mar 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm
      It's perfectly alright, let's not keep wild animals in zoos that's inhuman. Let them loose in wild and hunt.
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        Mahender Goriganti
        Mar 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm
        Total nonsense. zoos have to buy only legal ans quality meat to feed animals. It is the poor Muslims that eat illegal substandard meat in the name of their culture.
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Mar 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm
          With this crack down on illegal meat most animals go to the legal slauter houses and zoos have to buy form the certified tenders, now it will be more cheep, better meat to fee the animals
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            Narayan Srikanth
            Mar 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm
            This comment encourages illegal activities. Let us also say that any illegal activity if stopped but has a negative impact on any other activity including livelihood of people, should be declared legal. Quite clearly the stupid govets in UP in the past never enforced the law but allowed corruption to prevail.It is like abusing those who question Sonia hi travelling abroad for her medical check up, when actually it was the Congress party that never took care to make the country self sufficient in medicare despite its 60 years of corrupt governance. SOnia exposed all her Congress govts by this single move. Samjhe
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