Meat shops in Kengeri are illegally slaughtering animals and dumping the remaining waste near Vrishbhavati River, causing unhygienic conditions for the people.
Bengaluru: Meat shops in Kengeri neither have a trade license to operate nor do they undergo meat inspection procedures while illegally slaughtering animals. According to the law, it is necessary for every slaughter house in Bengaluru to be registered under BBMP with a license and send its meat for ante mortem and postmortem inspection before selling it in the market.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India mandates trade licenses for every shop. Srinivas, Veterinary Inspector, Kengeri said, “There are only eight mutton shops, 20 chicken shops and two fish shops that have a trade license to operate in Kengeri. There are only three govt. licensed slaughter houses in Bangalore.”
Samiullah, owner of ‘Mutton Stall’ in Kengeri said, “We don’t buy it (meat) from anywhere. We go to villages nearby and take sheep and goats from there and sell it. There is no test required.” In addition to this, he also said that they dump all the leftover waste near the Vrishbhawati River which creates severe unhygienic conditions for the people nearby.
Reehan Khan, owner of yet another meat shop said, “We dump all the waste in the river. There is no need for BBMP to collect it. We collect all the waste and dump it near the river every time.”
It is necessary for every slaughter house in Bengaluru to get registered under BBMP and pay a certain amount of their revenue. It is also regulated that the waste from these shops will be picked up by BBMP and not disposed in any nearby area. However, meat shops in Kengeri do not seem to follow the laid down standard procedures for slaughtering animals.
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Livestock Consultant and Veterinary Officer in Govt. of Jharkhand said, “More than 60-70 percent diseases are zoonotic diseases that come from animals. Physical examination and clinical examination should be maintained till the slaughtering house. Hygienic conditions should be maintained. Precaution of the slaughtering should be maintained.”
He further said, “Provisions are there under the FSSAI for the registration and licensing of meat shops. These shops are required to maintain the standard operating procedures under FSSAI.”
Sridhar, a regular customer of Karnataka Mutton Stall, said that he does not ask for a license or stamped meat whenever he shops there.
Unregulated disposal of waste from these meat shops in the river has caused a severe stink in the area and unhygienic conditions for people passing by.