A ban on beef slaughter in India's southern state of Maharashtra has stirred up a hornet's nest across the country and has the potential to play havoc with the agricultural export industry. The new law amends the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act. It is the country's most stringent dealing with beef, banning slaughter, sale and consumption and prescribing a jail term of up to five years plus a fine equivalent to US$160 for those found selling beef or possessing it.

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