The ‘alt-protein’ revolution is coming, and we should embrace it.
The Christian man's so-called cow-lynching highlights the spike in such incidents ever since Prime Minister Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014. Most victims have been Muslims and Dalits
Protecting cows and banning beef consumption was one of the measures by India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to shore up support across the country. Instead, it is creating a backlash, even among Hindu farmers.
With consumption of the famed meat known for its melt-in-the-mouth tenderness and marbled fat on the decline in Japan, producers are looking overseas to boost sales instead.
Prime Minister Modi's government on May 25 decreed that markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production, affecting the livelihood of those working in the beef and leather industries.
Petitioners from India's Tamil Nadu state objected to the ban, saying it infringed on their right to eat what they choose.
A nationwide ban on the sale of cows and buffaloes is threatening the existence of India's meat and leather industries. Some state governments say the national government has exceeded its powers in the Hindu-majority nation, which reveres cows.
Mexico's growing beef industry is targeting Muslim consumers in the Middle East to reduce dependence on buyers in the United States.
Members of India's Muslim community join the Dalits in their protest against the attacks by cow protection vigilantes. Dalits have also stopped their commonly tasked duties of removing the corpses of dead cows from the streets of India.
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