Published: Wednesday 31 December 1997

A Supreme Court panel has said that there is enough cattle in Andhra Pradesh to enable the Al Kabeer meat export firm to work at full capacity. The panel was investigating on a public interest litigation filed by cow protection groups and environmentalists. Last year, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had given a green signal to Al Kabeer. The committee emphasised that there would not be any depletion of livestock in Andhra Pradesh. It also stressed that slaughter of unproductive animals was essential for sustaining animal production -- it saves fodder, improves breed and productivity.

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