PIL seeks ban on meat sale in India in light of COVID-19  |  Photo Credit: PTI
New Delhi: Amid an ongoing debate over the role of non-vegetarian food in transferring coronavirus to humans, a plea in the Supreme Court has urged sought a ban on the consumption of meat in India till COVID-19 threat subsides.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a body representing Jain community Vishwa Jain Sangathan has written to the apex court that at a time when China, the origin of coronavirus, has sealed its meat markets, the Ministry of Animal Husbandry has, in a circular dated March 30, promoted the consumption of meat and chicken.
“The Chinese government has completely sealed Huanan Sea Food Market at Wuhan market whose sellers were the first victim of this deadly virus,” the plea has said.
The plea has further said that the ministry has no jurisdiction and expertise to issue such advisory ‘without waiting for the final conclusive result of research made at present by biologists all over world attempting to find out the ultimate carrier of this
The PIL comes days after the World Health Organisation (WHO), earlier this week, hinted at a possible connection between animals and coronavirus. While refuting the US-backed theory, which speculated that the virus was created in a laboratory in Wuhan, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said, “All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else… It is probable, likely that the virus is of animal origin.”
India’s coronavirus count:
As of 5 pm on Thursday evening, the total number of cases in India rose to 21,700. While 16,689 of these are active cases, 686 deaths have been reported so far. Earlier today, the Health Ministry said that India has managed to flatten the coronavirus curve.