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Monastic body oppose lift on meat sale ban (Economy)

Published on Jan 16 2009 // Main News
Thimphu, January 16: The national monastic body has appealed King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk to revoke the decision of the National Assembly on lifting ban on sales of meat during religious months — daw dangpa and zhipa.
Though the decision was welcomed by meat sellers, it has been challenged by the religious fundamentalists, who believe that it will encourage more animals to be killed for meat.
However, traditional ban on sales on meat on 8th, 15th, and 30th of every Bhutanese calendar month, and also on the 4th day of the 6th month are still in force. 
The Assembly took the decision after members said that the ban for two months was ineffective and that hotels stocked meat at the start of the ban months, endangering customers’ health due to stale meat. Bhutan News Service
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