A High Court-imposed temporary ban on the slaughter of animals at a government-run abattoir has left the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government scurrying to file a report before the court that no illegalities are taking place at the Goa Meat Complex. The High Court order followed a petition filed by the Govansh Raksha Abhiyan Goa, alleging illegal slaughtering of animals at the Goa Meat Complex.
The government has also sought that slaughter of bulls and buffaloes be resumed at the earliest. According to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government would assert before the court that it would rein in illegalities, both inside and outside the meat complex at the earliest. We will request the court on Monday to allow the state-run meat complex to slaughter bulls and he-buffaloes,” CM Parrikar said.
Parrikar said the HC’s order took the state government by surprise, especially since it came even as the court did not issue prior notice to the government in the case. Evidence submitted to the court by the petitioners partly suggests that young healthy bulls were sanctioned for slaughter by the government veterinarians posted at the meat complex. The High Court bench has appointed a three-member committee to look into the allegations and the committee has been asked to submit a report by April 30.
The stoppage of Goa’s sole legally functioning abattoir has kept beef off the counters and off the menu in restaurants in the state. Beef is staple meat for the minority communities, which account for more than 30 per cent of the population here, as well as the staple for Western tourists, who arrive here by the hundreds of thousands, annually.