Do you know that the biggest cow slaughterhouse (cow killing factory) in the world is Alkabir spread in 400 acres of land in Andhra region of India with the security matching the Pentagon; and shockingly majority workers are Hindus, who're paid handsomely.
Post election of the hindu-centric, India has seen a surge in bans on cow beef in many states. However, the exports still continue - and none from the government has looked twice to see if the animal rights are actually followed by these multinational slaughterhouses, who openly take advantage of the corrupt system.
How the Cow becomes the beef - A summary of the massacreDon’t think that these animals are killed easily and painlessly. Their agonies start along before they are dead. They are brought to Alkabir in trucks, from far away distances for economy, 20-25 huge buffalos are stacked up in each truck. Nobody cares to feed them food, or even water while in transit. They are packed so tightly in the truck, that they are hurt by each other. By the time they arrive, they are no more capable of standing on their own feet! They are moved with force of whips.
They are brought into the final ground, where at least a thousand animals are stored. This is their last open air. They are kept here for four days, hungry and thirsty. Then their legs are broken and eyes poked, so that a ‘Certificate’ can be obtained about their uselessness. The hunger and thirst of four days cause the hemoglobin to move from blood in to fat. The meat with higher hemoglobin fetches better prices.
Now these animals are pushed into washing showers. Extremely hot water (200 degrees!) is sprayed on them for five minutes, to soften their skins, so they will be easy to remove. The animals faints at this point, but it is not dead yet.
Now the animal is hung upside down with one leg, on a chain-pulley conveyor. Then half of the neck is slit. This drains the blood, but does not kill the animal. After death, the skin swells thick, which sells for a poor price. But the skin of live animals is still thin, which has better economic value. On one side the blood is dripping from the neck, and on the other side a hole is made in stomach, from which air is pumped inside. This causes the body to swell, making it easier to peel the skin. After removing the leather, the animal is cut into four pieces: head, legs, body, and tail. The machines remove bones, and pack small pieces of meat into cans for shipping to Alkabir’s headquarters in Hyderabad. From there it is shipped to Mumbai for exporting to its final destination.
Most of the people working here are Hindus. The Director, Subhash Sabarwal, is an NRI in Dubai, and his brother, Satish Sabarwal, manages the plant. The other principals are Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh (Dubai), Dilip Himmat Kothari, B.N. Raman, etc. Even though the main workers on cutting machines are from Kerala and Muslims from Mumbai, the administration, security, etc. consists mainly of Hindus. There are several other equally large (or large) plants in India, owned and operated similarly by NRI’s and Arab citizens in cooperation.
The people working here are paid very handsomely. This is a big attraction. A monthly salary of Rs. 50,000 to 75,000 is common. At the site, there are many veterinarians, but their job is not to save healthy live. Their only concern is to see that the meat does not carry any germs which may hurt the customers. In fact, there is a small army of government veterinarians, whose job is to see that healthy and useful animals do not get butchered. But these corrupt officials write false certificates according to wishes of Alkabir.
You cannot easily enter Alkabir, this is why it's hard to get the footage on camera, because outside people are not allowed in there. Even the local veterinarians and police cannot go inside, so there is no question about the other local poor people even coming close to its boundaries. Security is tightened at nights with hunting dogs so the neighboring people can't even come close to it.
Al-kabir is just one example - in the garb of exports and foreign exchange money - slaughter houses are given a long rope - without any regard for animal rights or environment. If Cow is indeed holy, this hypocricy must stop.
Image for descriptive purpose only - not the actual image of the site.
Photograph Credit: George Steinmetz / National Geographic