Assam "right-wing" activists agitate against serving beef to carnivores in zoo
A group of “right-wing” activists created a commotion in front of the Assam State Zoo here on Monday, agitating against serving beef to tigers and other carnivores housed at the zoo.
Sources said that the activists blocked the roads leading to the zoo for several hours and prevented vehicles from carrying meat which was meant for the carnivorous animals at the zoo.
Divisional Forest Officer at the Assam State Zoo, Tejas Mariswamy said, " The matter was reported to the police and that the agitators were subsequently dispersed."
The zoo officials, however, asked the protesters to submit their demands to the Central Zoo Authority, which decides the kind of food or meat to be served to captive animals.
State Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, while reacting to the development, told the media later that the animals were fed beef as part of the traditional practice and nutritious needs.
“In some states where beef is banned, the zoo authorities feed buffalo meat to the animals. But Assam does not have sufficient stock of buffalo meat to meet the requirements,” Suklabaidya said.
At present, the carnivorous animals of Assam State Zoo are served beef once a week.
Set up in 1957 across 175 hectares in the heart of the city, the zoo is the biggest in the Northeast housing over 1000 wild animals. However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been shut for visitors since the past seven months.