Meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh have begun their indefinite strike in protest of a crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses in the state.
Chicken and fish vendors have also joined the stir, leaving the people with no non-veg food choices.
Due to the strike, non-vegetarian food outlets, including the famous Tunday and Rahim’s have shifted to mutton and chicken dishes after buffalo meat became scarce.
“The meat sellers are piqued over the crackdown on slaughter houses which has adversely hit the livelihood of lakhs of people,” Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal office bearer Mubeen Qureshi said.
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After coming to power, the Yogiaditya Nath government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise.
Chicken sellers staring at heavy losses
Chicken sellers, who have joined the strike launched by meat sellers, are staring at heavy losses due to the fragility of the livestock.
According to Lucknow Cooperative Committee, the state capital sees a sale of up to 1.25 Lakh chickens everyday. But the sales have dropped in past few days. If the sales do not pick up soon, poultry farmers can face difficulties as a chicken needs to be sold within 40 days, after which it grows to be overweight and dies.