Goa : With Christmas just a fortnight away, people were concerned to find beef shops closed over the weekend. Meat traders in Goa have shut shop since Saturday after suppliers of fresh beef from Belagavi, Karnataka, could no longer provide them with the red meat.To ensure that supply is not hit further, traders and other stakeholders are seeking the intervention of chief minister Pramod Sawant.
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill (2020) was passed in the Karnataka assembly on December 9 without a debate. However, on December 10, the Karnataka government deferred the enactment of its controversial anti-cow slaughter bill until the next legislature.
Some meat traders held a meeting with Fr Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, a wing of the Goa Church, and Fr Maverick Fernandes, director of Caritas Goa, to discuss the issue. “We extend our support to the meat traders. We had a meeting with them and will submit a memorandum to the government on this issue,” Fr Savio said.
The News24 Goa