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Activists In Guwahati Zoo Resist Feeding Beef To Tigers.

Activists In Guwahati Zoo Resist Feeding Beef To Tigers.

For several hours, the protestors blocked the roads leading to the zoo before allowing the officials to take in the foodstuffs.

On Monday, many Hindu activists protested against the slaughter of cows for serving beef as part of a diet for tigers and other big cats in the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati.

The activists blocked cars bearing meat products planned for the zoo's huge cats. For some hours, they closed the roads leading to the zoo before allowing the authorities to carry the food products inside.

“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.

 

A white tiger at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati. At present, the zoo has 8 tigers, 3 lions, 26 leopards and other small cats like leopard cat, jungle cat etc. (ASSAM STATE ZOO.)

 

According to NDTV.

The protesters shouted slogans demanding a carpet ban on cow slaughter.

"In Hindu society we give importance to protection of cow, but it is the staple food for carnivores in the zoo and part of government supply. Our objection is - why serve beef? Why not other meat?" Mr Borah asked reporters.
The BJP leader then offered a "solution".
 
"The zoo's sambar deer population is so much that the males have to be kept separately (to slow down breeding). The zoo can achieve self-sufficiency if sambar deer meat is used to feed the carnivores," he declared.

Founded in 1957, Assam State Zoo, which has 1,040 wild animals and birds of 112 species, is the largest zoo in the Northeast, spread over 175 hectares in the middle of Guwahati in the Hengrabari reserve forest.

The zoo also has eight tigers, three lions, 26 leopards and contains small cats such as leopard cat, jungle cat, etc.

The zoo is a huge attraction for people in Guwahati and others from across the region, but it has been closed to the public since March this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also, read: Kenya has announced that its Elephant population has doubled in numbers over the past 30 years.

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