By Ram Parmar, Palghar
POSTED ON OCTOBER 02, 2020 23:19 IST
The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) banned the slaughter and sale of meat in Vasai and Virar on Sunday, which is World Animal Day. The meat ban was also imposed on October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The ordinance also mentions that strict measures will be taken against those who violate the ordinance.
The ban order, for October 2 and 4, by the VVMC was issued to slaughterhouses, meat and poultry sellers Thursday evening.
The September 30 order was signed by Deputy City Commissioner Vijaykumar Dwase, who said the ban was in line with the September 2019 Opinion of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) on the ban on the slaughter and sale of all types of meat on Gandhi Jayanti and World Animal Day. This is the first time that the civic body of Vasai has banned the slaughter and sale of meat in the Twin Cities.
VVMC commissioner Dr Gangaharan could not be reached for comment. But, Kshitij Thakur, MP for Nalasopara, which is under the jurisdiction of the VVMC, said that a ban on meat for specific days is not made and unjustified.
The “Congo Fever” alert in the district of Palghar, including Vasai-Virar, raised fears of the consumption of meat and poultry products. An alert was issued by Dr Manek Gursale, collector of Palghar district, to all meat sellers and cattle feeders after cases of Congo fever, fearing it could be spread from animals to humans by ticks and parasites external, have been reported in the districts of Valsad and Surat in Gujarat.