Will Jersey’s be a solution to Maharashtra’s ‘beef ban’?

Muslim community leaders and beef merchants’ associations have asked the government to allow slaughter of Jersey cows’ offspring (bulls and bullocks) to mitigate the crisis due to ban on beef. Jerseys are not technically ‘sacred’ Indian cows. The leaders have approached senior BJP leaders to convince the state government to accept this “solution”.

After rounds of meetings with BJP’s state spokesperson Madhav Bhandari, a delegation of Muslim community leaders and beef merchants met the party’s state president Raosaheb Dadarao Danve at the BJP office in Dadar (E) on Saturday.

Led by All India Milli Council (Mahrashtra)’s general secretary M A Khalid, the delegation told Danve that Muslims respect Hindus’ sentiments about cows and have followed the ban on cow slaughter since 1976, but the extension of the ban to bulls and bullocks is affecting lakhs associated with the beef trade and agriculturists who used to sell unproductive cattle to butchers.

“We want the government to accept our proposal and allow slaughter of Jersey cows’ offspring. These cows are of different breed, which is not sacred to Hindus. Efforts should be made to increase the breed of Jersey cows. This will help reduce the paucity of beef and employ many of those rendered jobless due to the ban,” said Khalid.

“We are looking into the issue and will try to find a solution,” said Danve who also agreed to take up the issue with CM Devendra Fadnavis soon. “Our solution will be two-pronged—rehabilitation of those affected by the ban and look for a way out of the crisis,” said Bhandari, who also attended the meeting. Mumbai Beef Dealers’ Association president Mohammed Ali Qureshi told Danve that beef consumers are just a small part of the people impacted by the ban.

“The leather industry strengthens our economy. Due to the ban, leather industry in Maharashtra is being shifted to other states, rendering thousands jobless,” said Qureshi.

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