Jagatsinghpur, August 23 (LocalWire): Although the Supreme Court ordered that animals like goat, lamb and sheep cannot be slaughtered in the open, mutton vendors in Jagatsinghpur district have ignored it and carried on with the age-old practice.
Hundreds of mutton vendors slaughter animals in the open in Jagatsinghpur, Paradip, Kujang, Rahama, Raghunathpur, Balikuda, Biridi, Naugaon, Erasama and other small towns and rural areas of this district. Social activist Nirakar Beura said the Apex Court also directed that blood and offal should not flow into open drains and nullahs but the mutton shops are placed on canal embankments and drainage sites and they clog the drains and pollute the environment.
In Jagatsinghpur town, nearly 10 to 15 mutton vendors slaughter animals in the open even as the authorities of Jagatsinghpur municipality and administration turn a blind eye.
Realizing it, the administration opened a slaughter house in Krushak Bazar at the cost of Rs 24 lakh in July.
There are ten rooms in this slaughter house and Jagatsinghpur Municipality decided to rent those out to local mutton vendors. It was also decided that local mutton stall owners could sell mutton here from 1 August 2018 but no mutton vendor has yet availed rooms here.
They cited the high rate of rent in the slaughter house compared to the free open space where they slaughter the animals.
Meanwhile, a team led by executive officer of Jagatsinghpur Municipality, Baladev Behera, raided different municipality areas and stopped illegal slaughtering of animals in open space.