The controversial bill has been forwarded to you for your approval by the Government of karnataka. Meanwhile there have been continuous agitations and demonstrations all over the Karnataka State since 2 years.
We therefore appeal to you to reject this bill in toto in the interest of the poor people of India who eat beaf and who exceed 80% of the population and also in the interest of Indian economy as behind this cause there is a large industry involved giving employment to crores of people.
President of India,
Vice President of India,
Prime Minister of India.
Sub: Petition against ban on Cow slaughter for protecting Indian Food Culture.
• The BJP led Karnataka government has recently passed a bill in Karnataka State Assembly on Friday 19/03/10 seeking a Ban on Cow slaughter.
• This ban clearly indicates the interest of the BJP led government to impose the ideological views over its citizens.
• There is no fundamental “Right to food” under the Indian Constitution, but the fulcrum of justifiability comes from the constitutional “Right to life and liberty” as enshrined in Article 21 and “Right to Live with Dignity”
• In recent years in India, poverty and hunger have been placed as a major cause for discourse in India in its development. The ongoing increase in the price of the food commodity has further pushed the availability of protein rich food supplements from the reach of a common man.
• The meat food supplements such as beef were the cheapest form of dietary food for poor and common people in the state. But the approval of the bill of “Ban on Cow slaughter” will take away even this basic right of a common man from satisfying his basic nutritional needs, further depriving them from their “Right to Live with Dignity”.
• Furthermore the absence of beef meat industry in the state will incur a huge loss of revenue to the State as well as it will create large scale unemployment to thousand of workers engaged in this food processing industry. The medium and small scale farmers owning a cow and undertaking animal husbandry as their primary occupation will have a great deal of problem with resettling with new occupation.
• Moreover due to the absence of Beef food industry the demand for other meat alternatives like chicken, Mutton will increase which will result in the price rise of meat food commodities.
• Prior to this People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on April 2001 sought the legal enforcement of “Right to Food” through “Right to Food Campaign” and as a direct result of a writ petition filed in the Supreme Court of India. This case, popularly known as ‘the Right to Food Case’, has since become a rallying point for trade unions, activists, grass root organizations and NGOs (i.e. Non Governmental Organizations) to make the right to food a justifiable right and thereby promote the human right to live with dignity.
• Since the bill of “Ban on Cow Slaughter” deprives the basic right of the people from choosing the food of their choice in a democracy.
The controvertial bill has een forwarded to you for your approval by the Governor of karnataka. Meanwhile there have been continuous agitations and demonstrations all over the Karnataka State since 2 years.
We therefore appeal to you to reject this bill in toto in the interest of the poor people of India who eat beef and who exceed 80% of the population and also in the interest of Indian economy as behind this cause there is a large industry involved giving employment to crores of peoples.
People’s Union for Civil Liberties