Eating beef in Maharashtra, India is illegal

Eating Beef in Parts of India Can Now Land You in Prison
By Clint Rainey

No more beef curry in a hurry.
Enjoying a rib-eye in parts of India is now a criminal activity that could result in a $160 fine and a five-year prison sentence. On Monday, President Pranab Mukherjee approved a bill that officially makes it against the law to possess or sell beef in Maharashtra, India’s second-biggest state, and home to the national capital, Mumbai. The majority of people in the state of Maharashtra practice Hinduism, a religion that considers cows to be sacred.

This comes at a time when a growing number of people in India, a secular country, are eating beef. But it’s an issue that remains sensitive enough that Burger King brought meat-free Whoppers to India last fall.

According to Reuters, India is now one of the world’s largest beef exporters. The beef-slaughter industry in Maharashtra is mostly run by Muslims, who of course don’t want to lose their jobs. Also still up in the air is what, exactly, people are supposed to do with cows they can’t turn into meat. Some farmers worry that they’re now stuck feeding them until they die of natural causes. Expect serious backlash.

Source:
http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/03/beef-india-laws.html#jumpLink

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    From a religious perspective. Parsis do NOT eat beef right?

  2. Vera says:

    I Think its high time people stopped killing to eat. I do hope the ban extends to other meats as well, in time to come. Barbarism must be stopped. It is time man learnt to live in harmony with nature and all sentient beings. This is a very positive step taken by the government.

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