Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Meat shop owners downed shutters of their shops on Monday in protest against the sudden hike of slaughter house fee of Rs. 5 per goat to Rs. 20 a goat.

As more than 200 meat shops are doing business within the corporation limits, the civic body established a modern slaughter house at Melapalayam, where Rs. 5 was charged per goat. When this charge was hiked to Rs. 20 a goat, the mutton shop owners raised a banner of revolt against the move.

“Even as the Madurai and Chennai Corporation administrations have fixed the slaughtering charge as Rs. 5 per goat, the unilateral decision of upwardly revising the slaughtering charge to Rs. 20 a goat should be reverted back immediately.

To register our protest, we’ve closed down our shops for a day,” said president of Mutton Shop Owners’ Association Mohamed Maideen.

He said their members having shops at distant places could not come to the slaughter house all the way from their areas and bring back the meat the shops in time.

Hence, the mutton shop owners should be allowed to slaughter the goats in their places itself.