Dead Sheep Scandal Rocks Kashmir

Dead Sheep Scandal Rocks Kashmir

17 March 2014
DNA
Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Srinagar: Non-veggies beware! Next time you relish a mouthwatering mutton dish be sure that the meat served is not obtained from the carrion. Officials have blown a lid off a major scandal of slaughtering dead sheep and selling their meat for human consumption in south Kashmir. Meat is deemed fit for human consumption only when it is obtained after slaughtering a healthy and conscious animal. After receiving specific inputs, officials of the Anantnag Municipal Committee raided a truck which was allegedly carrying the dead sheep, some of them slaughtered after death, at Sherpora village of South Kashmir's Anantnag district last week. 'After searching the vehicle we saw 11 dead sheep. Three of them were slaughtered. There was no blood or signs of blood. It seemed that dead sheep had been slaughtered… The purpose could have been to sell it,' Shabir Ahmad Wani, executive officer at AMC told dna. Jammu and Kashmir being Muslim majority state mostly consumes Halal mutton. Particularly in the Valley which has overwhelming Muslim population, people eat Halal mutton of animals including the sheep, lamb, goat and chicken. Jammu and Kashmir has one of the largest non-veggie populations in the country. The annual requirement of mutton in the state is 11,2,178 lakh kilograms. Of which mutton generated from the local sources is 300.62 lakh kilograms. Around 210 lakh kilograms of mutton is imported annually.