The Church in Goa has urged the state chief minister to urgently intervene to resolve meat shortage that has severely affected people’s protein intake and tourism industry.
The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) wrote to Pramod Sawant that the western Indian state started experiencing the shortage after neighboring Karnataka State passed a bill to ban cattle slaughter.
The Goa archdiocese’ social action wing says its December 15 memorandum is sent on behalf of meat traders and consumers as well as in the interest of the tourism industry in the state.
“This intervention is requested on behalf of the vast majority of beef consumers as well as for the benefit of the culinary business in Goa and for the benefit of tourism in the state,” says the letter signed by the council’s executive secretary Father Savio Fernandes. The Church body wants the Goa chief minister to “urgently intervene in the matter with Karnataka on behalf of Goa asking it not to notify the bill in their state in order to safeguard the livelihood of hundreds of meat traders who along with their employees are totally dependent on this trade for their survival.”