"Slaughter of milking animals is a trade of Indians. Money through trade of slaughtered animals goes into terrorism and therefore into killing us. Why are we allowing this?" she said, according to the Indian Express, adding, "India is killing more animals than even China. Milking animals are being slaughtered and illegally traded to Bangladesh and the Middle East. It is no longer about religion but money," she said.
She was speaking at the India for Animals conference where she said that the inference had been drawn from a report submitted to the Uttar Pradesh Police four years ago.
Maneka rubbished the 'communal' angle of slaughter, mentioning that, "A slaughterer could be a Muslim but the transporter and the owners of the cows are often Hindus and non-Muslims. So it is not about religion but about trade and greed for money."
The Minister called on NGOs, volunteers and civil society to join the 'save animals movement' and urged them to set up informer systems to sound an alarm to prevent such trade.
Though Maneka has been actively working with the animal welfare groups, this sudden interest into beef slaughter has come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned it during one of his campaigns.
"Due to the pink revolution, they (Congress and UPA) have given subsidies to slaughterhouses and put a lot of investment. Due to this, the farmers are selling their cattle. This will have big ramification over the village economy. The pink revolution is going to destroy villages. This revolution of Congress and UPA is designed to finish farmers," Modi had said on the campaign trail.
With PTI inputs