Mumbai: The Fadnavis Government in Maharashtra has banned beef as President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent in passing Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995. It took almost 19 years to legislate the bill after it was passed during the Sena-BJP rule.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took to the micro-blogging site twitter to thank the president saying “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.”
Anyone found guilty possessing/selling beef will have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 10,000 or can be sentenced to prison for 5 years.
The sale of cow slaughter was previously banned in the state, now even possession of the meat is prohibited. The previous act allowed bulls and buffaloes as they only need a fit for slaughter certificate. Now the new legislations doesn't allow that either. However, the new act allows the slaughter of water buffaloes which is seen as a inferior quality meat.
Beef traders feel that this will affect their livelihoods and displace them, they also warn that the prices of other meat will increase because of this move.