Questions And Answers

questions-and-answersCattle meat like beef and pork is sold openly at the stalls by the main thorough fares in Shillong. The State Government turns a blind to eye to the unhygienic manner the meat is sold. Is any law or legislation to stop the practice?
Clara M. Sahkhar, WahingdohThere are very strong laws to deal with the way meat is sold: The Prevention of Cruelty Act 1960, The ISI rules on how a meat shop is to be run, The Food Adulteration Act, The Municipal Laws. Basically, no meat shop can be given a licence unless it has a glass front, a tap with running water and a way to dispose of the blood. No animal including chickens can be killed in front of each other. No meat shop can be next to a vegetable seller.
No one can sell meat or fish or chicken in any form without a Municipal licence and no licence can be given unless these conditions are met. In fact I will write a long article giving all the details. But you should either meet your Municipality/ Council people or file an FIR in the police station against specific sellers and shops and name the market runners or allows as co accused.

Once upon a time there we could see flocks of crows in and around Shillong, now the bird species seems almost extinct, barring some localities like Rilbong. Have the tribal people eaten them up all?
– Rajib Choudhury, Rilbong, Shillong Probably. It is very dangerous because the bird is a scavenger and serves a very useful cleaning purpose. Now that the vulture has disappeared, it is important that the crow does not. The crow is also considered by scientists to be the most intelligent bird. Recent studies in England show that it uses tools to get its food, for instance a sharpened stick, which it sharpens itself to get food from the bottom of a bottle, or stones to break the cover of a bottle to get what’s inside-which puts it in the same category of intelligence as a human being. Even sparrows are disappearing – in fact abroad they have officially entered the Endangered Species List. Start putting food out for the crows and sparrows everyday at the same time: fresh water in a flat bowl leftover food like cooked rice, rotis and cooked vegetables.

The crow is also considered by scientists to be the most intelligent bird. Recent studies in England show that it uses tools to get its food, for instance a sharpened stick, which it sharpens itself to get food from the bottom of a bottle, or stones to break the cover of a bottle to get what’s inside-which puts it in the same category of intelligence as a human being. Even sparrows are disappearing – in fact abroad they have officially entered the Endangered Species List. Start putting food out for the crows and sparrows everyday at the same time: fresh water in a flat bowl leftover food like cooked rice, rotis and cooked vegetables.

Developed countries have devised machines and methods for the painless killing of animals, but isn’t it startling, nay shocking that Muslim countries have only jaba meat for consumption? India is one among the few countries that supplies jaba cattle meat to Arabian countries like UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Musqat. What has your People For Animals done to stop the heinous practice?
– Fitzgerald Momin, Williamnagar, East Garo Hills There is no machine in the world for the painless killing of animals. Undercover studies in America and England show animals being killed in the most terrible ways. The stun gun is an absolute failure and only adds to the pain. You must understand – only a very hardhearted cruel person goes into this profession (which is why most butchers in India start their children in the profession when they are only 4 years old, so that they can harden themselves); they couldn’t care less about an animal’s pain. So why should they take precautions to be gentle and humane that are spelt out in their own law books?
Secondly pain for the animals is not just at the killing stage. Most poultries, piggeries, quail and other factory farms keep animals in the most cruel conditions and cut off or pull out many parts of their bodies – like beaks and legs, feathers, hair – long before they are killed and starve them while giving them injections of steroids. Then comes the transport, most animals are thrown into trucks with most of their limbs broken – for instance in India a study shows that 72 per cent of all chickens have their legs and wings broken during being loaded onto trucks and taken far away. So do cows, calves, goats, pigs etc. Regarding meat: we should not be supplying any meat anywhere in the world, whichever way it is killed.
It is amazing that India is 50 per cent vegetarian  but we are the largest exporters of meat. Not one rupee does it bring in since all the exporters are NRIs, they open companies abroad, send the meat to their own companies, pretend that it has been rejected and declare a loss here so they pay no tax while they collect the money there. Many of them have never paid any bills: electricity or water. So I have still not understood why we do it.

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