Goa church body appeals to CM to resolve beef issue
PANAJI: The Church’s social work wing has sought the Goa chief minister’s intervention to resolve the beef shortage issue, in the interest of beef traders, consumers, the tourism sector and in upholding the plurality of the nation.
In a letter on behalf of meat traders, meat consumers and the tourism industry, the the Council For Social Justice And Peace (CJSP) has appealed to CM Pramod Sawant to ask the Karnataka government not to notify the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill 2020 in order to safeguard the livelihood of hundreds of meat traders.
“This bill has badly affected the meat traders in Goa which is dependent on Karnataka for the supply of beef for human consumption,” the letter states, adding that Maharashtra passing a similar bill in 2015 has made Goa dependent on Karnataka for supply of beef.
“It is a fact that a vast majority of the population in Goa consume beef. And for many of them beef is the primary source of protein. With beef not being available, many will be deprived of their staple diet,” stated executive secretary of CSJP, Fr Savio Fernandes.
“Goa also is a popular tourist destination both, for domestic as well as international tourists and beef is very important to the culinary business. In a multi-cultural society like India, such a ban will prove to be a challenge in upholding the plurality which is the essence of our nation,” Fernandes further stated.
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