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In India, 81% limit meat in diet and 39% say they are vegetarian

Dishes on display at a food stall at a vegetarian food festival in Bangalore.
Dishes on display at a food stall at a vegetarian food festival in Bangalore. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)

All of India’s most widely practiced religions have dietary laws and traditions. For example, Hindu texts often praise vegetarianism, and Hindus may also avoid eating beef because cows are traditionally viewed as sacred. Muslim teachings, meanwhile, prohibit pork.

The vast majority of Indian adults (81%) follow some restrictions on meat in their diet, including refraining from eating certain meats, not eating meat on certain days, or both. However, most Indians do not abstain from meat altogether – only 39% of

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