Bengaluru: On the occasion of Ram Navami, the Bengaluru civic authority issued a circular on Friday banned the sale of meat and animal slaughter throughout Bengaluru on Sunday, April 10. In an order, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said that meat stores and slaughterhouses within its jurisdiction will be closed on Sunday.
The BBMP has previously prohibited the selling of meat on Gandhi Jayanti and Maha Shivratri. On Rama Navami, slaughterhouses, animal slaughter, and the sale of meat will be prohibited, according to the joint director of the BBMP’s animal husbandry department.
Every year on Rama Navami, Gandhi Jayanti, Sarvodaya Day, and other religious occasions, according to a BBMP official, the sale of meat and animal slaughter is prohibited. He went on to say that these acts are prohibited for at least eight days a year on various occasions.
The Karnataka Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department had previously requested that the BBMP instruct all slaughterhouses and poultry stores in the city to guarantee that all animals be “stunned” before being butchered for meat. It requested that the city authorities inspect the stunning facility before giving slaughterhouse and chicken store licences.
Though such communications are claimed to be common, they occurred amid controversy over right-wing organisations calling for a boycott of ‘halal’ meat during Ugadi celebrations.
In a letter dated April 1, the Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Bengaluru Urban district, requested that animals be stunned before being slaughtered for meat, citing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001.
It urged the BBMP to order all slaughterhouses and chicken stores in the city to ensure that animals are stunned and unconscious before being slaughtered, stating that the department has received complaints from the public that the laws are not being followed.
It also instructed the BBMP to report to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Bengaluru Urban, about the action taken, and to check regarding the stunning facilities before issuing licences for slaughterhouses and poultry stores.
Ahead of ‘varshadodaku,’ the day after Ugadi, when many communities in the state hold a non-vegetarian feast, certain right-wing organisations have called for a boycott of ‘halal’ meat.