Bengaluru merchants suffer losses due to meat ban

Bengaluru meat traders said they lost a good day’s business after the city’s civic body BBMP banned animal slaughter and meat sale in its jurisdiction on occasion of Rama Navami.

Deccan Herald reported that some shops even recorded losses up to 25,000 as it was the ongoing month of Ramzan as well as a Sunday when people of all communities buy and consume meat.

Several shops in Russell Market, which is one of the busiest meat markets in the city, remained shut throughout the day. However, some shops opened during the evening hours to cater to late shoppers. 

Fairoze Qureshi, president of the Russel Market Meat Traders’ Association told Deccan Herald, “Since the ban was announced on Saturday itself, many customers bought meat last night. That is why we did not suffer big losses on Sunday. But whatever we incurred, we will be able to recover it on Monday, hopefully. Hence, we did not open our shops.”

While all meat shops remained closed at Johnson Market, vegetable trades were open, and meat delicacies were also being served at eateries within the market. Meat and poultry stalls at KR market were also shut.

“As it is the month of Ramzan, we usually get a lot of business on Sundays. While small stalls might have lost out on Rs 10,000-15,000 of business, medium and bigger stalls lost business worth about Rs 20,000-25,000,” a trader from Tannery Road told the newspaper, which has dozens of meat and poultry stalls and a few slaughterhouses.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) bans meat sales on at least eight days, every year, including Rama Navami, Gandhi Jayanti, Maha Shivaratri, etc.

The calls for meat ban on Rama Navami came after pro-Hindu outfits demanded to boycot Halal meat. However, BBMP has clarified that the meat ban was a “routine” order. 

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