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Maharashtra beef ban: Govt welcomes the move; netizens call it violation of freedom of choice

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By Harshmeet Singh

President Pranab Mukherjee, on Monday, gave his assent to the historic (historic because it originated 20 years back) Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill which makes slaughter of bullocks and calves a non-bailable offence in the state of Maharashtra.

The water buffaloes, however, will remain outside the purview of the bill, making it legal to slaughter them. The slaughter of cow was already banned in the state since 1976.

Furthermore, according to the amended provisions in the bill, anyone found slaughtering these animals would attract a jail term of 5 years, as opposed to the earlier rule of a 6-months jail term.

The amended bill has also hiked the fine from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed his jubilance over the assent when he tweeted “Thanks a lot Hon President Sir for the assent on Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill. Our dream of ban on cow slaughter becomes a reality now,”

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Even as the state Government and the opposition welcomed the President’s assent, the amendment drew sharp reactions from the ‘netizens’ with a number of them terming it as a grave violation of their freedom of choice. While some people tagged it as a harsh decision for the poor, taking away their right to have high protein diet at 1/3rd the cost of mutton, some others chose to lament the fact they would have to bid goodbye to their steak.

With the possibility of losing out on their business looming large, the beef traders in Maharashtra are contemplating all the possible actions to make an appeal against the bill. Apart from rendering thousands of people jobless, another flip side to this legislation is silence over the fate of unproductive cattle that have passed their age of giving milk or getting impregnated. Such cattle would remain a burden on the farmers until they meet a natural demise.

Notably, Maharashtra isn’t the first Indian state to bring in such a law. While Gujarat and Daman and Diu have completely banned cattle slaughter, cow slaughter is a punishable offence in a number of states including Punjab, Harayana, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Poor Nutrition Is A Key Driver and Risk Factor For Disease

enable the world to follow the diet, the report suggests five strategies, one of which is subsidies.

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The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus. In addition to focusing on what consumers consume, the planetary health diet focuses on the role of farming plays and the impact it has on wildlife and pollution. It also addresses a widening paradox of this world: that 1 billion people across the world live in hunger, while another 2 billion people are obese. If successfully implemented, the authors estimate 10.9 to 11.6 million deaths could be avoided every year. To enable the world to follow the diet, the report suggests five strategies, one of which is subsidies.

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The report also states that incentivizing farmers to shift food production away from large quantities of a few crops to a more diverse production of nutritious crops could be beneficial. The commission says that an effort to reduce food waste can be made by improving harvest planning in low and middle income countries. It also suggests that the shopping habits of consumers in high-income countries need to be improved, too. An increase in consumption of healthy foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts), and a decrease in consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains) that would provide major health benefits, and also increase the likelihood of attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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According to the lancent web site, Poor nutrition is a key driver and risk factor for disease. However, there has been a global failure to address this. It is everyone’s and no-one’s problem. Despite several efforts, actions for improving nutrition have failed to gain global traction. The triple challenges of obesity, under nutrition, and climate change, which interact and affect human and planetary health, need solutions that disrupt their common underlying societal and political drivers. Sustainable food systems that ensure health-promoting nutrition for all need urgent attention and will benefit people and planet alike.

(Hindu Council Of Australia)