No more beef in Maharashtra

No more beef in Maharashtra - Sakshi Post

Beef was on Tuesday banned in Maharashtra with presidential assent being accorded to the relevant legislation -- two decades after the assembly had passed it during the former Shiv Sena-BJP government in the state.

Presidential assent was accorded to the Maharashtra Animal Prevention (Amendment Bill), 1995, which bans even the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, but will allow the slaughter of water buffaloes, considered to yield an inferior quality of beef.
The state had already banned cow slaughter under the Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, barring bulls or bullocks, the culling of which was permitted with certain regulations.
"Thanks a lot Hon President Sir for the assent on Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill. Our dream of ban on cow slaughter becomes a reality now," a pleased Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a tweet.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who had led a delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue recently, termed the assent as "a historic step with cultural as well as economic implications for the state".
He said the bill passed by the Maharashtra legislature in 1995 was forwarded for the president's assent in 1996.
"Subsequent governments in the state failed to do the needful and get the Bill implemented. We had committed to do this in our manifesto and have fulfilled it," Somaiya said.
Mumbai alone consumes around 90,000 kg beef daily, with around 25 percent accounting for water buffalo meat, called carabeef, through 900 licensed and hundreds more illegal outlets.

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