Demanding uniformity in laws, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday stated that there should be a nationwide ban on slaughter of animals.
A nine-time MLA and former minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Azam Khan has demanded a ban on cow slaughter all across India and has asked Muslims to stop eating beef. Azam Khan gave these statements while talking to CNN News 18 and questioned why cow slaughter is still legal in states like Kerala and West Bengal. "Cow slaughter should be banned across the country. Why is it so that it is legal in states like Kerala and West Bengal but not in other states,” he said.
Azam Khan’s response came after a large section of meat sellers from UP went on strike against the ban imposed by the Uttar Pradesh government. Azam Khan, however, questioned government’s logic behind the ban by saying, "So it means that it is ok if animals are butchered in legal slaughterhouses and not ok when the meet the same fate in an illegal place. This legal, illegal thing should stop. All slaughterhouses should be shut. No animal should be slaughtered.”
He added that many people of other religions like Jains don’t eat other animals like chicken and goat due to sensitive issues. Using it as an example, he added that if the Muslims stop eating beef it shouldn’t harm anyone as it is not written anywhere. "Ulema should appeal to the people that they should stop eating meat,” he added.
I appeal to the Muslim fraternity that they think upon it? It is not mandated in Islam that Muslims should eat meat. I appeal to the people that they should stop eating meat, he said.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddharth Nath Singh earlier in the day reiterated that the state government would only act against slaughterhouses that are illegal.
"We have assembled here to give a clarification that it is an investigation only against the illegal slaughterhouses. Those who have licenses have nothing to fear. They should continue following regulations," Singh told the media.
The minister further said it was also a message to the officers not to overstep their jurisdiction and the mandate given by the state government.
Singh also clarified that no orders have been issued by the government to close down shops selling chicken and eggs, urging the people not to believe such reports.
After coming to power, Yogi Adityanath-led government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling.
Adityanath earlier on Saturday said abattoirs operating legally will not be touched but action will be taken against those being run illegally.