A Comprehensive Ban On Cow-Slaughter Is Not Going To Bring Development To India

A Comprehensive Ban On Cow-Slaughter Is Not Going To Bring Development To India

While a comprehensive ban on slaughter of bovines is being welcomed by animal-lovers and environmental conversationalists like Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, it is spelling doom for farmers. The ban has left them without the option to sell their old bovine in exchange for a new pair.

No one seems to be ready to buy the old pair now because of the ban on their slaughter. The margin of profit the farmers made earlier by selling their bovine animals to slaughter houses earlier has come down. It is become an arduous task to fend for the diet of the bovines that cannot be sold, particularly in the ensuing dry spell. The crisis is likely to translate into worse times when farmers may not be able to keep any cows or bullocks.

The debate on the issue of cow-slaughter has been waging for quite some time. While some states like Haryana and Goa have abstained from implementing the ban on cow-slaughter in their states, states like Maharashtra have a ban on even importing the meat of bovines from other states. The contention against the ban is that beef forms an essential part of the diet of minorities in these states. There have been allegations against slaughter-houses of funding illegal trade in arms by some activists campaigning for the ban.

Many view the ban on beef consumption as an attack on the secular credentials held by India. India stands as the second largest exporter of cattle in the whole world. It also stands at the fifth rank when it comes to consuming beef. Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be committed to the protections of cows in India despite the loss it is likely to make on the multi-billion-dollar beef industry operative in India.




 

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