Holy Cow! Lynchings aside, India is among world’s largest beef exporters
All while the extremist Hindus killed 44 people belonging to minorities for slaughtering cows or eating beef.
India is among the world’s top beef exporters worldwide.
According to a recent report, India exports over 1.56 million tonnes of beef every year.
India is expected to keep its place among the world’s largest exporters for the entire decade.
Contrary to that, 63 cow vigilante attacks had occurred in India between 2010 and mid-2017.
Interestingly, while India has the most cases of cow-related lynchings and politics over the ‘sacred’ animal, it is also among the world’s largest beef exporters. According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD), India is expected to hold the position of the world’s third-largest beef exporter for the entire upcoming decade.
OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 revealed that India exported 1.56 million tonnes of beef during the year 2017 and will keep “its position as the third-largest beef exporter for the next ten years, accounting for 16 percent of global exports in 2026”.
As per the OECD database, India has imported exactly about 363,000 tonnes of beef in the year 2017 and the amount is expected to increase in the coming years. The total beef exports in 2016 globally stood at 10.95 million tonnes. It is likely to increase to 12.43 million tonnes by the year 2026. It must be noted that slaughtering cows is banned in 24 out of 29 Indian states.
All while Indian extremists killed 44 minority members protecting the ‘Holy Cow’
According to a report by the international reporting source Reuters, between the year 2010 and 2017, the Gau Rakshak or cow vigilantes attacked 63 people for eating beef or allegedly slaughtering cows.
“28 Indians – 24 of them Muslims – were killed and 124 injured” – the report stated.
Between May 2015 and December 2018, 44 people have been killed in attacks by the extremist cow protection group. Among them, 36 were Muslims, who were targeted over beef consumption, and 280 have been injured.
“According to a survey by New Delhi Television, there was a nearly 500% increase in the use of communally divisive language in speeches by elected leaders – 90% of them from the BJP – between 2014 and 2018, as compared to the five years before the BJP came to power” – stated HRW in the report.
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