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Ban on beef slaughter to affect lakhs of people, says MIM

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has criticised Maharashtra government for the ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, saying it will render lakhs of people dependent on this business jobless.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2015 20:10 IST

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has criticised Maharashtra government for the ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, saying it will render lakhs of people dependent on this business jobless.

Though the slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976, 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.

The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995 received assent of President Pranab Mukherjee on March 2.

"The government has taken the decision of banning slaughter of bulls and bullocks and thereby rendering lakhs of people dependent on this business jobless. We have asked chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, to ban use of alcohol and pork also in the state. Consuming alcohol is perhaps more dangerous than eating red meat," MIM MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said.

"We respect the ban on slaughter of cows as it is considered holy in the Hindu religion. And since the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976 came into being in the state there was a strict implementation of the law and the Beef traders were following it with sincerity," the MIM MLA from Aurangabad central said.

The government has done grave injustice to the large number of beef traders and the number of allied industries that thrived on it, by imposing a ban on slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks, Jaleel said.

"What plan has the government got to rehabilitate the large number of people working in the beef business and their numbers is in lakhs across the state. The government just cannot snatch away their livelihood and take away their legal means of earning their bread and butter," he said.