Conservative Hindus push bans on cattle slaughter in India

At one of Asia’s largest slaughterhouses, there are more police officers than cattle. The stalls where butchers clean and quarter chicken, sheep, goats and pigs buzz with activity while the section reserved for bulls sits barren.

A nearly month-old ban on the slaughter of cattle in one of India’s largest states has put thousands out of work and created fresh problems for struggling farmers as conservative Hindu politicians act to protect the bovine, regarded in their religion as sacred.

At the sprawling Deonar abattoir in the suburbs of the commercial hub Mumbai in Maharashtra state, 2,000 cattle traders, transporters, butchers and others have lost their jobs. Across the...