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Pulling chicken off the menus disappoints Keralites
Protesting the 'uncalled for' hike in chicken price, Kerala Hotel and Restaurants Association and All-Kerala Poultry Federation have decided to pull chicken off their menus in the state.

Jose Mohan, Secretary for Kerala Hotel and restaurant Association said, “Hotels and restaurants in Kerala are going to boycott chicken for three days and after that we will study the situation and take further action.”

The move has disappointed chicken lovers in Kerala, who love to feast in various restaurants, with chicken as the main dish. So much is the craving for chicken among people in the state that they already have started to look for alternatives, if chicken isn’t readily available in hotel and restaurant menus. “If I cannot have chicken in hotels and restaurants, I will go out to the local store and buy a chicken and prepare that at my residence,” David Das told this citizen journalist .

But even buying chicken from a local store wouldn’t be easy as Poultry Federation is not going to sell any chicken in retail or bulk unless the government decreases the high taxes levied on chicken.

“If chicken is not there on the menu, then one could go for other sea-foods. While others can also change to some other foods as well,” said Unni Krishnan, a doctor from Kerala. One has to understand that chicken is one of the most favourite non-veg dishes amongst people in India.

On the other hand, Neeraj, who works in Delhi but hails from Kerala, knows Keralites pretty well. He said, “People in India love their non-veg foods. Even if chicken is taken off the menu, there will be a number of hotels that are going to sell chicken illegally.”

In the black market, chicken would certainly be sold at inflated prices. “Irrespective of the price tag – hardcore chicken lovers are going to spend much more than normal to get that bite of chicken,” Neeraj added.

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