Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to ban slaughterhouses across the state has not only horrified the meat exporters, but have created a problem for various carnivores in the Zoo. As per a recent report by ANI, lions of the Etawah Safari Park are given goat meats and the officials are now planning to get the meat from Lucknow. Commenting on the same, J Lal, Forest Ranger, Etawah Safari Park said, “We are giving goat meat to lions for now. Officials have gone to arrange for meat from Lucknow and if we need to get it from outside we will.”
We are giving goat meat to lions for now:J Lal, Forest Ranger, Etawah Safari Park on situation after ban on illegal slaughterhouses in UP pic.twitter.com/RzClyu8Qp3
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Stuck in the crisis of meat shortage since the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses by Adityanath, many carnivores are being served with mostly white meat including chicken and other bird-diet in the zoos of UP. As being habitual of having buffalo meat, these animals are not doing well with this sudden change in diet. Many meat exporters across the state are now mulling legal options against the ban on slaughterhouse. As the Centre has granted ‘industry status’ to abattoirs, these meat exporters as off the opinion to take recourse to legal means.
The BJP earlier its election manifesto has stated that it would take strict steps to close down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanised one’s if it comes to power. BJP President Amit Shah in his election meetings and various rallies during campaigning also said the same. The ruling party believes that due to cow smuggling, dairy-based industries have failed to flourish. It also stated that during the past state governments there has been a stagnant dip in cattle count, reflecting that the previous government failed to put a check on it.
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On March 15, chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar had sent a letter to all district magistrates, police superintendents and municipal commissioners regarding the execution of the ban. The letter mentioned, “This letter is to make you aware that the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and a ban on mechanised slaughter houses is a priority of the government.”. The saffron party has also maintained that mechanised slaughter houses are inhuman.