India tightens meat industry laws amid fierce protests
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- “India’s Hindu nationalist government has announced the tightest restrictions yet on the country’s multi-billion dollar meat industry, drawing fierce protests from some states amid warnings that millions of jobs could be lost.
- “Footage emerged on Monday of what appeared to be a fresh vigilante attack on cattle traders, one of a spate of assaults and at least 10 killings of Indians accused of consuming or transporting beef since 2015.”
- “India’s environment ministry announced new restrictions on Friday, banning livestock including cows, buffaloes and camels from being sold for slaughter at animal markets. The rules, which the government says are in the interests of animal welfare, also prohibit selling livestock for entertainment and implement minimum standards for animal housing and transportation.”
- “Fauzan Alavi, a spokesman for the All-India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association said, the restrictions could cost a significant percentage of the estimated 2.5m jobs tied directly to the meat industry, most of which are held either by Muslims or the country’s discriminated-against Dalit caste.”
- “The issue has frequently been a trigger for tension with the country’s largest minority group, Muslims, whose religion has no injunction against beef, but efforts to ban the meat also divide Hindu secularists from religious nationalists of the same faith.”