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Will lions in UP zoos have to survive on palak paneer: Congress

The Congress On Friday Escalated The Issue Of Meat Shortage For Big Cats In Uttar Pradesh Zoos. There Have Been Meat Shortage For Lion In The Zoos After Orders On Closing Illegal Slaughter Houses In The State.

PTI | Updated on: 24 Mar 2017, 11:59:27 PM
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Image: PTI)

New Delhi:

The Congress on Friday escalated the issue of meat shortage for big cats in Uttar Pradesh zoos. There have been meat shortage for Lion in the zoos after orders on closing illegal slaughter houses in the state.

Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday wondered whether lions in the state zoo’s would have to survive on palak paneer instead of buffalo meat.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he felt bad after coming to know that in many zoos in Uttar Pradesh lions were not given meat and instead are fed with chicken.

“We are not providing meat to lion... Hope no one says tomorrow that lions should survive by eating palak paneer,” he remarked.

He said India exports meat worth about Rs 28,000 crore every year but there is no meat for “sher and babbar sher (lions)”.

As per reports, there is a shortage of meat for animals in zoos in Uttar Pradesh where the new government is preparing an action plan to close down illegal as well as mechanised slaughter houses.

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After registering a landslide victory in the polls, the BJP government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over in the state on Sunday last. 

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First Published : 24 Mar 2017, 11:54:00 PM