Haryana bans meat: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in Haryana has ordered to ban the sale of meat for a straight 8 days without any argument for the sake of Jain festival of Paryushan.
The Haryana government has become the fifth BJP ruled state to ban the meat sale. The reports have came suggesting the slaughter houses to remain close. The orders have been passed by the urban local bodies department of the state as reported by ANI.
The spokesperson for the Meat Market Association, Salim told the reporters that this is fhe first time when such a decision has been passed but it is irony that why no such decision passed during Navratri.
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The list of other four states to ban meat for 8 days includes Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh. All of these state governments have directed to stop animal slaughtering and the meat sale to show respect towards the Jain community at least during their holy festival.
The decision by the governments caused widespread criticism in their respective states. The activists and opposition parties are heavily protesting against this decision by backing up their protest with a simple argument to not to tell people what should they eat and what not.Meat Ban In Haryana By BJP Government For 8 Days
In Mumbai, the reports of heavy loss came from the meat shops and related business on the first day of the four day meat ban. On this day only, the Bombay Beef Association reported that about 900 carabeef shops lost a business of more than Rs. 3 crore. Adding to it are the numerous mutton and chicken retailers who collectively have lost more than Rs. 6 crore.
As a result of heavy loss beared by numerous small and big business of meat, Bombay Mutton Dealers’ Association filed a petition to withdraw the ban at the earliest. The response of the High Court on the petition was with the views of the association. The Bombay High Court said that this is not a practical solution for a modern city like Mumbai.
In Chhattisgarh, the sale of meat will be banned during the Jain festival and the Ganesh Chaturthi.
However, Jitendra Shukla, the Deputy Secretary of Urban Admininstration told the reporters that it is the trend every year. He added that the Urban Administration Department issues directioins to civic bodies to close all the meat and slaughter house from September 10 to 17 – a time period for Jain Paryushan Parv and Ganesh Chaturthi.
While in Rajasthan, the case is little different. The state government has order to ban meat shops and butcheries only quoting that it is something which takes place every year. However, the restaurants and eateries can serve non-vegetarian food.
The Rajasthan government is ordering this decision of banning meat sale since 2008 and has been enacted by the governments of Ashok Gehlot and Vasundhara Raje. However, this year it has been extended for one more day which resulted in heavy agitation by some groups.
The same thing has been issue in the Gujarat state. Its slaughterhouse department has ordered to ban all the beef, meat, and mutton shops.