Yogi Adityanath orders ban on illegal abattoirs in UP – NDTV

1.  The state produces 7,515.14 lakh kg of buffalo meat, 1171.65 lakh kg of goat meat, 230.99 lakh kg of sheep meat, and 1410.32 lakh kg of pig meat in 2014-15. The above figures also include those from meat processing plants in the state.

2.  There are 72 government approved abattoirs-cum-meat processing plants/standalone abattoirs in India at present; 38 of them in Uttar Pradesh alone.

3.  The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) released its list of government approved slaughterhouses, there were only 30 across the country, but over half of them were based in Uttar Pradesh. In its 2014 notification, the APEDA approved list increased to 53 abattoirs in the country. The following year 11 more were added to the list, taking it to 62 overall. At present, out of the 38 slaughterhouses—7 in Aligarh, 5 in Ghaziabad—37 produce and export buffalo meat.

4.  In 2016, India exported 13,14,158.05 metric tons of buffalo meat worth Rs 26,681.56 crores to the world.

5.  The major destinations for its exports are Muslim-majority countries such as Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

6.  The ban could lead to a deficit of at least Rs 11,350 crore (2015-16) in terms of revenue from exports. In 2015-16, Uttar Pradesh exported 5,65,958.20 metric tons of buffalo meat. – The Financial Express, 21 March 2017

Reference: Dept of Animal Husbandry, Uttar Pradesh

Have an opinion on cow slaughter? Log onto Yogi Adityanath’s website – Varul Mayank

If you hold a strong opinion for or against the state government’s offensive against cow slaughter, you can take a quick opinion poll by logging on to the website of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The website (www.yogiadityanath.in) is reportedly being managed by Santosh Yadav, a close aide of the CM, from Gorakhnath Math.

The opinion poll appears at the bottom of the homepage and reads: ‘Do we need to formulate a strict law to stop cow slaughter?’

The respondents are required to choose between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and mention their full name and mobile number to record their response. The opinion poll was started before Adityanath took over as the CM.

As of now, 98 per cent of the respondents have supported the formulation of strict laws to curb cow slaughter. – Hindustan Times, 22 March 2017

Cow being transported for slaughter