The crackdown against illegal slaughterhouses had been first launched as soon as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took over in Uttar Pradesh
The sentiment about banning abattoirs has spread all the way across to Rajasthan now. In a recent development, about three dozen Hindu religious leaders had gathered in Jaipur (meeting was held at Laxminarayan Temple at Badi Chaupar by Devalaya Sanrakshan Samiti of Rajasthan) and they demanded a ban on abattoirs too. However, their demand was not restricted just to their state instead, they wanted the imposition of a total ban and its implementation across the country.
The crackdown against illegal slaughterhouses had been first launched as soon as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took over in Uttar Pradesh. But the initial activity cooled down considerably as days went by and it was just yesterday (Thursday) that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met meat traders and assured that no wrongful action will be taken against them. After the meeting, an industry spokesman Sirajuddin Qureshi had urged meat traders to get back to their work as the UP government has assured that they will help them to procure licenses to carry on their trade – illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops would however, not get relief.
In a statement, Swami Sampatkumar Avadheshacharya Ji Maharaj of Shri Galta Peeth said,”There are illegal abattoirs and the legal ones are undertaking illegal activities. So we demand that the government ban all of them.”
But even as the alleviating of tensions in UP did not affect the priests in Jaipur. Apart from raising their protest, they also passed a resolution asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a total ban as it is associated with foreign culture.
“In our Dharma Sansad today, we have passed a resolution asking our PM Narendra Modi to impose a total ban on abattoirs across the country. To kill and feed on something is not Indian culture. It was the foreigners, the Mughals, who brought the business of abattoirs with them,” said Anjan Kumar Goswami, Mahant and sole trustee of the Shri Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur as reported by Indian Express
Avadheshacharya, president of the Samiti, after chairing the meeting said, “The meeting was called in light of the steps taken by UP government with regard to abattoirs. We welcome the move but this should have been done long ago. No religion says one should sacrifice humans or animals. People started this just for their “swaad aur swarth” (taste and selfishness).”
Another resolution stating the segregation of politics from the Ayodhya Ram temple was also passed. In the third resolution, the demand for the prohibition of all intoxication substances was passed as well.