According to a report, donkeys are being slaughtered in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari, Krishna, Prakasam and Guntur districts. Notably, donkey is not registered as a “food animal”, hence, its slaughter for consumption is illegal in the country.
The report mentioned that several criminal gangs jointly operate the donkey meat racket in Andhra Pradesh as there is a rise in demand.
It is to be mentioned that donkeys are being brought from other states such as Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra for slaughter. Surabathula’s NGO has reported an illegal trade of donkey meat at Panduranga Road in West Godavari’s Venavallivaripeta.
“We will take serious action against people who indulge in the crime. Unnecessary misconceptions make people eat milk and meat of donkeys,” G Nehru Babu, who is joint director of animal husbandry in West Godavari said.