‘Proposed beef ban not good for zoo animals'

M.N. Jayakumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and member-secretary of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, has said he has written to the Government on the implications of not serving beef to animals after the anti-cattle slaughter Bill becomes a law.

“The eight zoos in the State need about 1,800 kg of beef every day, and the yearly expenditure is about Rs. 4.5 crore. Only goat meat seems to be the best alternative, as the fat content is 10 per cent and it means an additional expenditure of Rs. 10 crore every year,” Mr. Jayakumar told presspersons on the sidelines of a function here on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Hindu, Millo Tago, Executive Director, Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), said increase in expenditure was not the only worry. Change in meat may cause severe health problems for animals. “The fat content in beef is between 1.5 to 3 per cent, where as in other meat it is over 10 per cent; this is a cause for concern,” he said.

Mr. Jayakumar said animals in national parks had less space to move around compared to those in their natural habitats. “Providing high fat content meat may lead to heart problems.”

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