Kerala’s ruling CPI(M) Govt set to reopen country’s largest slaughterhouse

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) – The process of reviving the country’s largest slaughterhouse, operated by the non-governmental organisation ‘Brahmagiri Development Society’ (BDS), which is under the control of the ruling CPI(M) in the State, has gained momentum. BDS has accepted private capital for its flagship venture ‘Malabar Meat’ brand. Due to opposition from investors and employees, BDS had shut down the meat project about a year ago.

1. BDS had attempted to become the largest supplier of beef in Kerala. The CPI(M) Government had also provided substantial assistance for this; however, following the COVID-19 pandemic and political disputes, BDS fell into debt and eventually had to close the meat project. Efforts are now underway to save the Malabar Meat brand.

2. According to sources, the Kottayam-based firm ‘Buffet Blueway Pvt Ltd’ has acquired the stake in BDS. They will now assist the meat project by raising working capital and obtaining necessary permits. Sources indicate that this establishment in Kerala is involved in exporting buffalo meat to foreign markets.

3. BDS has more than 500 investors, most of whom are CPI(M) activists and supporters. During the COVID-19 epidemic, the ‘Malabar Meat’ incurred a loss of Rs 46 crores and the ‘Kerala Chicken’ project incurred a loss of Rs 26 crores. It is also being claimed that the project had to be shelved due to internal differences among CPI(M) leaders.

Editorial Perspective

The Communist Government of Kerala openly supports cow slaughter. Therefore, although it is said that only buffaloes and goats will be slaughtered in this slaughterhouse, it should not be a surprise if cows are butchered too.