Maharashtra bans sale or possession of beef

By Georgi Gyton contact

- Last updated on GMT

Those breaking the law could face up to five-years in jail
Those breaking the law could face up to five-years in jail

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The sale or possession of beef in Maharashtra, India could now carry a jail sentence, after a government Bill banning the practice was finally given presidential assent.

President Pranab Mukherjee gave assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 1995 following its 20-year pending status, with offenders now liable to a five-year prison sentence and a fine of Rs10,000 (€145).

According to the Indian Express, this particular Bill was the oldest pending Bill, having been enacted by the then BJP-Shiv Sena government. A previous law dating back to 1976 prevented the slaughter of cows in Maharashtra, but, according to The Express, this Bill bans the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, while still allowing for the slaughter of water buffalo.

According to the Report of the National Commission on Cattle (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India), "of all beings, the cow is treated, in India, as the most sacred and sanctified".

The chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the news, along with many others.

Last month GlobalMeatNews​ reported that buffalo meat suppliers in the state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, had called a strike after being faced with violent attacks on vehicles transporting cattle in the area, by those against the slaughter of any bovine species, on religious grounds.

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Cow is the most sacred animal in India but not the Buffalo

Posted by Kuldeep Singh,

Government of India should clarify and educate the public and police that only the COW is the most sacred and protected animal in India due to the scientific reasons and religious beliefs. Composition of the cow milk is at par with mother's milk as easily digestible for babies and low fat content, hence cow is treated as mother in Hindu religion. Oxen and bull are also protected by law now but it should be very clear that the buffalo slaughter is not banned in India because a major part of the meat industry thrives on the exports of buffalo meat. People and the local administration must understand the difference.

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