Several activists on Monday protested against serving beef as part of diet to tigers and other big cats in the Assam state zoo located in Guwahati.
The activists stopped vehicles carrying meat items meant for the big cats housed in the zoo. They blocked the roads leading to the zoo for several hours before allowing authorities to take the food items inside.
Meanwhile, supporting the protest and demanding the ban, a man identified as Satya Ranjan Borah who is allegedly affiliated to BJP said, “The protest was staged by the Bharat Raksha Manch organisation and they have every right to protest. I asked for a total ban on cow slaughter, and if it is happening to feed zoo animals, the state government should monitor it”.
At the press conference Sunday, Borah also said temple authorities should not use any item produced by Muslims for worship in Hindu religious places.
“The vehicles carrying meat for the zoo inmates were stopped briefly by some miscreants. We had to call the police to disperse them. There’s no issue regarding supply of meat to the animals now,” said Tejas Mariswamy, divisional forest officer (DFO), Assam state zoo.
On the other hand Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, taking cognizance of the matter, had clarified that beef was essential for the animals’ nutritious needs. He informed that states that do not allow beef feed buffalo meat to the zoo animals. However, Assam does not have enough stock of buffalo meat.