PUNE: Traders in the city have said that they will challenge the ban on beef imposed in the state after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the long-pending Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, making it a law.
Maharashtra had banned the slaughter of cows and calves in 1976. The new law extends the ban to bulls and bullocks. It only excludes female buffaloes and their calves which need a fit-for-slaughter certificate before being butchered. Several states have already enacted similar laws.