Panaji: The latest decision by the Maharashtra Government to extend the ban on cow slaughter to bulls and bullocks under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995 has started to show its consequences.
The shops in the neighbouring state of Goa remained closed for third day on Wednesday due to the shortage in the supply.
A spokesperson of Goa Meat Sellers Association has said “Shops are closed for three days now due to short supply and the ban in Maharashtra will only make things worse”.
The shortage of beef comes at a period when the Christians, who account for the 26% of state's population of Goa are observing Lent, it is during this period that the Christian community tends to avoid the red meat.
The beef ban controversy seems to be boiling up with government taking strict action against the illegal transportation of both red meat and cattle that are being brought from the neighbouring states for slaughter.
It was only last month when Amrut Singh , an animal right activist was brutally assaulted allegedly by the beef traders in Karnataka after he was tracking illegal transportation of beef form Karnataka to Goa.
The scenario in Goa could turn more worse as the State run Goa Meat complex , the only slaughter house allowed to butcher cattle is virtually non operational due to renovation .