It's true that some of us just can’t live without eating non-vegetarian food. Mutton Chaap, Chicken Biryani, Bheja Fry, and every other meaty dish you find on the streets of Mumbai is really tempting. Even though the dish may look beautiful, smell great and taste even better, you could actually be eating the meat of some other animal!
In the Bollywood movie Run, there was a funny sequence about actor Vijay Raaz’s character eating Chicken Biryani for really cheap. However, he later realizes that he had eaten crow biryani instead! But it was that scene which made people realize that their food gets adulterated in the worst way possible, in real life as well.
Even this day, there is always a possibility that you are being fed the meat of a cow or a duck in the name of chicken, just because it's cheaper.
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There are a lot of problems with eating crow or duck meat. Poultry chickens are raised with a proper diet and are mostly grown in farms. Crows and ducks are mostly strays and feed on anything they can find. These birds can carry a variety of harmful diseases. You are also being cheated by the person who is serving you this meat because you are paying for chicken and chicken only.
Growing up in Mumbai, we have all heard rumors about how stray dogs are caught and killed so that their meat can be sold as goat meat. A report by Mumbai Mirror shows how a butcher admits that some places in the city serve dog meat. And would you rather have the meat of a grass-fed goat or would you rather eat the meat of a stray dog eating garbage?
Mid 2016, people noticed how the number of stray dogs kept rapidly dropping in areas of Navi Mumbai. People discovered vans which would come and take dogs away and these vans could not be traced. After further investigation, the police found that an underground dog meat market had started in the area.
We are in 2019 now and the number of stray animals in the city go down after every major festival season. It is possible that these animals were killed to meet the high demand for meat during festivities.
So what can we do to put an end to this practice? Unless you are a part-time vigilante, there is not much you can do to put an end to it. But here is what you can do to curb the problem. If you have been eating non-vegetarian food for a while, you can probably tell when the chicken or goat tastes a bit off. Crow meat is chewy and often develops a slimy coating after being cooked. Dog Meat tastes completely different so you can probably tell when your meat isn’t goat. If you wish to take it up, you can collect the food sample and file a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration as well as the consumer court.
The authorities will check the meat and take necessary action against the vendor if needed. Doing this may also scare other such vendors in the city as word about a dog meat vendor being arrested would spread. The other vendors may consider changing their practices for good.