As per Zeenews report, "The state government issued an order on Wednesday banning the sale of meat during Paryushan, a festival of Shwetambar Jains. The ban will be in place on September 17 and 18, as per the directive issued by the directorate of local bodies, which ordered slaughterhouses as well as meat and fish shops to remain closed on these days.
Earlier, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also imposed a ban in Mumbai which will be implemented on September 10, 13, 17 and 18 when slaughter of meat will be stopped in the Deonar abattoir and sale will not be permitted in the city.
The Paryushan is scheduled between September 10-17, with the 10-day Ganeshotsav starting from September 17, and Bakri Eid falling on September 22-23.
The decision to ban meat sale - following a demand by the Ahimsa Sangh's Vishwamaitri Trust, besides Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians like Raj Purohit and Atul Shah - was promptly passed by the BMC on Monday.
However, the Shiv Sena, senior ruling partner in the BMC coalition with BJP, distanced itself from the ban, though it respected Jain religious sentiments.
The first such ban was permitted way back in 1964, then in 1994, later in 2004, in 2013 there was a two-day ban on meat during the Jain festival.