20 Tweets Mocking The #BeefBan In Maharashtra

Twitter mocks the decision of the Maharashtra government to ban beef in the state. Now, anyone found to be selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for five years and fined Rs 10,000.

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Enjoying a good steak on a Sunday afternoon has become expensive and tedious now for the people of Maharashtra. Beef lovers will have to travel often to Goa and other states to enjoy a good steak since beef has been banned in the state. Now, anyone found to be selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for five years and fined Rs 10,000.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, nearly 19 years after the Maharashtra Assembly passed the Bill during the BJP-Shiv Sena rule in 1995. The slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976. However, the passage of the new Act will ban the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks, which was previously allowed based on a fit-for-slaughter certificate.

Earlier Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted the news which is being termed as a historic step by his party for both its cultural as well as economic implications for the state.

Beef traders across Maharashtra who were on strike for over a week in February to protest against the alleged harassment being meted out to beef traders, are protesting against this move. “Apart from rendering people jobless, the immediate effect will be the spiralling price of other meats as people will be forced to gravitate to them,” president of the Mumbai Suburban Beef Dealer Association Mohammed Qureshi said.

Beef traders are also thinking of a legal recourse. “We are now holding deliberations to see if we can challenge this in any way. The beef traders have been impacted but it will be the farmers who will be affected the most. Who will care for the old and infirm animals that were earlier sold for meat?” Arif Chowdhury, an office bearer of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, an organisation of beef traders, said.

Interestingly the latest beef ban news comes after a recent assurance from the CM to the beef traders who have been regularly harassed by the Right-wing groups and Jain organisations stated – “The rule of law will be followed and no one will be allowed to harass traders in the state.”

Twitter has been quick to react on this new regulation. From mocking the ban to highlighting on how serious has this government been in highlighting such an issue while overlooking other grave concerns of the state, #BeefBan tweets reflect public response.

Listed below are 20 such tweets on the #BeefBan

RIP beef in Maharashtra!