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The Indian state of Maharashtra bans beef

Beef has now been banned in the state of Maharashtra in India. India is a country where 80% of the population is Hindu, and where cows are revered.  The ban has generated much criticism and the hashtag #BeefBan has fast become one of the world's top trending hashtags.

Another Indian state has now followed Maharashtra in banning beef slaughter and consumption. The state of Haryana has just passed a bill that outlaws the slaughter of cows in the state, read more about this here.

Read more about the ban and the criticism it has raised in these articles from Global Meat News here and here, and read more about the social media reaction from the Guardian here.

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