Industry experts said today that central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter will significantly impact the country’s beef export market and might result in major job losses. The industry experts pointed to last year’s data, saying that India exported 1.33 million tons of buffalo meat during financial year 2016-17, which amounted to a staggering $3.9 billion. The central government has issued a new notification that bans sale of cattle for slaughter and only allows sale for dairy production and agricultural purposes. The government has defended its move saying that it will check illegal trade of cattle and prevent cruelty against animals.
Experts also said that most of India’s beef exports are derived from water buffalo and not cows that are considered sacred for the Hindu community. Speaking about the development, head of Muslim All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, Abdul Faheem Qureshi said, “In the garb of the order that prohibits the trading of cattle at organized markets, the government has tried to impose a ban on the meat industry.” Indian meat traders, in association with other associate industry bodies, are currently planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek a repeal of the government’s order.