Before writing this article and letting you know about the opinion I carry on this crackdown of illegal slaughterhouses, there are few things I would like the readers to know about me so that a prejudice against me doesn’t grow in your minds. So making it crystal clear:
Yes, I’m a vegetarian.
Yes, I’m a Hindu.
No, I do not support beef ban.
No, I don’t have any problem with people consuming meat – it’s their choice and freedom.
While going through my news feed on facebook, I saw a prominent newspaper posting a web article stating how many people would go jobless due to banning of slaughterhouses in UP. A question struck my mind: why is the word ‘illegal’ missing from the headlines of that article? Why is there such uproar against an action of the government which is banning something ‘illegal’? And how is banning an ‘illegal’ thing wrong?
For those who don’t know what is all the fuss about; the Uttar Pradesh Government under the new Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi decided to crack down on illegal slaughterhouses present through the state. The point to be noted here is that only the illegal slaughterhouses will be banned and not the legal ones. There is a huge section of media opposing this move and efforts are being created in every way to depict how this move is nothing but wrong.
Uttar Pradesh is a state that is known for high crime rates. People want a government to take actions against those crimes and take it out of the misery it is known for. So, people want the government to crack down on illegal things. But, banning illegal slaughterhouses is wrong. Hypocrisy?
Debunking the support against the ban:
A lot of people have revolted against this ban because they feel it will create unemployment, since a number of people are engaged in this business. In that case, we should allow factories indulging in child labour because a lot of children will be left unemployed otherwise. A lot of children are forced to work in factories to support their education. So, the factories indulging in child labour are helping children get their education. And so, let’s not ban them.
A lot of people are indulged in smuggling of drugs, alcohol and in fact, even weapons. If tomorrow the government bursts a huge smuggling racket, will the people still cry against the decision on the name of unemployment? There are a lot of thieves in India and so it should be made legal, since that is the way they earn their living, isn’t it?
One more important thing that most of us need to understand that there is a cap on slaughterhouses not because the government wants to promote vegetarianisms, but because it intends to save these cows and buffaloes that are a major source of living for people in dairy product and milk industry. Uttar Pradesh is a highly agriculture based state and millions depend on agriculture for their living. There are large number of cases in Uttar Pradesh regarding smuggling and robbery of cattle which disrupts the living of millions of such people. Illegal slaughterhouses are one of the many reasons for this smuggling and robbing of cattle. When we are so concerned about the employment of people engaged in something illegal, why are we not concerned about the farmers who largely depend on these cattle for living?
Numbers Speak more:
Let us look at some statistical data. In 2011, a total of 2456 cases were registered under the law prohibiting cow slaughter act. The tally increased by almost 150% to 3655 cases in 2012. In 2013, 5012 such cases were recorded and 4400 cases were recorded in 2014. The cases have only risen in the last 5 years. If the cattle is allowed to be slaughtered at such an alarming rate, how will the agricultural industry and more so the dairy and milk industry survive?
The irony is that no question is being raised on the government(s) which allowed such illegal slaughterhouses to flourish. Had this been stopped earlier itself, maybe less number of people would have been impacted. The hypocrisy is that the people who let this happen are opposing the people who are stopping it.
As an individual, I do feel for those millions who will be left unemployed post this ban. But then I also feel for those who have been deprived their living due to the existence of such illegal ventures. What is illegal, is illegal.
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