Farmers buy cattle for their economic value rather than for worship. The ban on slaughter in effect leaves them with no way to exit their investment
The Kafkaesque script rolls on. A few months ago, diligent policemen from a town in Maharashtra decided to click photographs of all the cattle in the area to ensure that they are not killed for their meat. Now the Union government says it will set up laboratories in the major ports to test whether beef is being exported. This is just the sort of madcap idea that customs officials will love for obvious reasons.