Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Central Texas
Animal activism or vigilantism?
Article is here
-Many of you may not be aware, Indians do not consider water buffalo as a cow, but they do call water buffalo meat "beef". In some states water buffalo is legal to eat and in others it is not. Cow meat is illegal to eat in all Indian states. Sometimes there is confusion when a Westerner is reading about what is legal and what isn't. For example, the article state that eating beef in Kerala is legal. They mean water buffalo meat, NOT cow meat. Cow meat is still illegal to eat in Kerala
Gau Raksha Dal is a group of vigilantes that sneak around at night looking for people who smuggle cows to illegal slaughterhouses, eat cow flesh, skin cows that are already dead, among other activities.
They usually just beat the perpetrators to a bloody pulp, but recently there have been a number of cow eaters/skiners/smugglers who were beaten to death by the self-appointed cow police.
According to this article there are over 20,000 members of Gau Raksha Dal ranging from teachers, lawyers and farmers all prowling about, ready to inform on anyone acting suspiciously.
It's already illegal to consume cow in India, but they feel the government isn't doing enough to protect the cows from bloodthirsty carnivores.
Some of my favorite quotes from the article:
"Smugglers often open fire or try to run us over. I even get death threats but nothing bothers me," said Babulal Jangir, a leader of the Gau Raksha Dal (Cow Protection Squad).
"My heart beats only for my dear cow mother."
"Anyone who eats cow meat should be handed the death sentence," the 42-year-old said, adjusting buckles on his bullet-proof vest.