Regulations banning most livestock from being sold for slaughter criticised as attack on ‘the essence of India’

India’s Hindu nationalist government has announced the tightest restrictions yet on the country’s multibillion dollar meat industry, drawing fierce protests from some states amid warnings that millions of jobs could be lost.

“Beef festivals” were held in Kerala state at the weekend and a cow was slaughtered in public as a show of defiance against the regulations, which prohibit most livestock from being sold for slaughter at animal markets.

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