1. Hit by beef ban in Maharashtra, butchers eye Jersey cows

Hit by beef ban in Maharashtra, butchers eye Jersey cows

Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country's majority Hindus as locally bred cattle.

By: | Mumbai | Published: April 24, 2015 4:23 PM
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Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country’s majority Hindus as locally bred cattle. (Reuters)

Battling a beef ban that has threatened their livelihoods, Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country’s majority Hindus as locally bred cattle.

Several states led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have either brought new laws to ban beef or tightened curbs on killing cattle.

India is the world’s largest beef exporter and fifth biggest consumer, with the trade dominated by the minority Muslim community who have protested against the latest restrictions with little success.

The All India Milli Council, a platform for Muslims in the country, now says it supports the beef ban but would like the government to find them alternatives. They hope Jerseys, a dairy cow originally bred in the Channel Island of Jersey, could be an option.

“We demand the government to allow us kill Jersey cows, which are of foreign origin and religious sentiments are not attached to them,” said M.A. Khalid, general secretary of the council’s unit in the western state of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra is home to India’s largest abattoir, Deonar, and the state in February extended a ban on killing of cows to bulls and bullocks. On Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis shot down the idea of allowing the killing of Jersey cows.

“There are no exceptions,” he told Reuters.

Since the ban in Maharashtra, slaughtering of big cattle in Deonar has nearly halved to 200-250 animals, mostly buffalo. Several workers have been left jobless and Fadnavis said his government was considering a rehabilitation plan for the worst affected Qureshi community. He gave no details.

Hindu groups, meanwhile, are working on the wellbeing of cattle that are likely to be stranded due to the beef ban.

Vyankatesh Abdeo, All India Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or the World Hindu Council, said they would protect any breed of cow and increase the number of cow shelters in the state by eight times to 5,000 this year.

“Every cow is sacred to us regardless of it’s breed,” Abdeo said.

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    Ashish Tripathi
    Apr 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm
    1. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food consumption purpose is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of Article 15(1). 2. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food as a profession, occupation, trade or business, is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of professional freedom guaranteed under Article 19(g). 3. Ban on possession and consumption of meat of of cows/bulls/bullocks for food purpose as a cuisine item of traditional culture of Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes is violative of minority rights under Article 29(1). 4. Selective banning of slaughter and possession and consumption of meat of cows/bulls/bullocks, but not other birds/fish/animals that have traditionally been used as food all over the world, is arbitrary and discriminatory and in bad faith, in violation of due process guaranteed under Article 21. Maharashtra Government's order is royally FU**KED by the High Court and will be so by the Supreme Court as well.
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      Ashish Tripathi
      Apr 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
      1. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food consumption purpose is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of Article 15(1). 2. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food as a profession, occupation, trade or business, is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of professional freedom guaranteed under Article 19(g). 3. Ban on possession and consumption of meat of of cows/bulls/bullocks for food purpose as a cuisine item of traditional culture of Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes is violative of minority rights under Article 29(1). 4. Selective banning of slaughter and possession and consumption of meat of cows/bulls/bullocks, but not other birds/fish/animals that have traditionally been used as food all over the world, is arbitrary and discriminatory and in bad faith, in violation of due process guaranteed under Article 21.. Maharashtra Government's order is royally FU**KED by the High Court and will be so by the Supreme Court as well.
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        Ashish Tripathi
        Apr 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
        1. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food consumption purpose is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of Article 15(1). 2. Ban on slaughter of cows/bulls/bullocks for food as a profession, occupation, trade or business, is discriminatory against minority Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes in violation of professional freedom guaranteed under Article 19(g). 3. Ban on possession and consumption of meat of of cows/bulls/bullocks for food purpose as a cuisine item of traditional culture of Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Hindu Schedule Castes is violative of minority rights under Article 29(1). 4. Selective banning of slaughter and possession and consumption of meat of cows/bulls/bullocks, but not other birds/fish/animals that have traditionally been used as food all over the world, is arbitrary and discriminatory and in bad faith, in violation of due process guaranteed under Article 21.. Maharashtra Government's order is royally FU**KED by the High Court and will be so by the Supreme Court as well.............
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          Vijay Kumar
          Apr 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm
          Humans are humans wherever they come from Cow is Cow wherever it is from and whatever breed.
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