Cow Smuggling into Bangladesh from India

in Environmental Threats

90 percent of the population of Bangladesh are Muslims, and up to 3 million cows are needed to meet the consumption levels of the country. In order to meet the demand, Bangladeshi slaughterhouses need to import cows from other sources.

However, in neighboring India, cows are considered sacred in their Hindu practices. Many Indian states ban the slaughter of cows.

Thus, an illegal black market has emerged where over 2 million cows are smuggled from India into Bangladesh The value of the smuggled cows are worth $920 Million (50 Billion Rupees).

Source:  Shaikh Azizur Rahman, “Cow smuggling … it’s how Bangladesh gets its beef,” Christian Science Monitor, January 26, 2013.

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