Raising their opposition to cow slaughter, a large number of right-wing activists on Monday agitated against serving beef to tigers and other carnivores in the Guwahati Zoo.
Creating a ruckus in front of the Assam State Zoo, Guwahati, the activists blocked the vehicles carrying meat items meant for the animals housed in the zoo.
The activists blocked the roads leading to the zoo for several hours before allowing the authorities to take the food stuff inside.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) at the Assam State Zoo, Tejas Mariswamy, said the police subsequently dispersed the agitators.
The zoo officials asked the activists to submit their demands to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), which decides what kind of food is to be served to the animals.
Reacting to the demand, Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the animals are being fed beef as it is “essential” for them as per the traditional practice and nutritious needs.
“In some states beef is banned. These states feed buffalo meat to the animals. But Assam does not have sufficient stock of buffalo meat,” the minister said.
Supporting the activists’ demands, ruling BJP leader Satya Ranjan Borah asked why only beef was being served to the animals when other meats were available.
“We (Hindu society) always want the protection of the holy cow but the animal is killed to feed the zoo carnivores. Why is only beef being fed to the zoo animals when we can give them the meat of sambar (deer) or pig,” Borah asked.
Currently, the animals of the zoo are being given beef once a week.
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