This said, animal rights have been a pressing issue in India's society recently. From laws, to protests, to acts of violence the legacy of the cow appears in many aspects of those living in India. This legacy is shown through these traits because the decisions made by the parties involved were foreshadowed by the taboo that in India, animals and cows in particular, are sacred and should be treated as such.
Firstly, the laws of India have been foreshadowed by India's love of the sacred animal. Even though India's constitution does not outlaw cow slaughter it urges individual states to do so and it has become a taboo of the country. The encouragement however has worked and many of India's state have in fact outright banned cow slaughter. Adding to this idea, restaurants have picked up the implied laws and taboos of the area. "You won’t find beef in a Burger King anywhere in India, for example, or a McDonald’s. Here, burgers come from sheep, chickens, even vegetables, but not cows. Paradoxically, the animals roam freely on the street — vulnerable to poisonous garbage and to being captured and taken to slaughter at night, though there are efforts to crack down on that illegal practice and to herd cows into shelters."