The Uttar Pradesh government has closed down many slaughterhouses and meat shops in Ghaziabad and Lakhimpur Khiri in line with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement to fulfil BJP’s recent assembly poll promise.
UP produces maximum buffalo meat and exports the same to other countries and earnms more than Rs 2,700 crore. So what the UP government pans to do to offset the losses remains to be seen.
Closure of illegal slaughter houses was the BJP’s major poll plank in the recent assembly polls and banning mechanised slaughterhouses. The BJP’s manifesto “Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra” promised to take steps in this regard if it formed the government. During their speeches, Yogi Adityanath and BJP president Amit Shah highlighted this point over and over again.
Closing down slaughterhouses is not only the party’s agenda, but also the Yogi’s too. Not so long ago Yogi Adityanath had led a drive against cow slaughter in Eastern UP.
The government’s strict measures was supported by animal rights groups which have been running a campaign against slaughterhouses.
Illegal slaughterhouses deal with buffalo though some also kill cows and bullocks, banned in UP under UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.