According to him, not just the illegal abattoirs which were being sealed, but the legal ones also.
"If the government can give time to black money hoarders to declare their money and regularise it, why can't it give time to slaughterhouses for regularisation? It means they are targeting a particular community."
Mr Owaisi said India's buffalo meat exports are valued at Rs 26,000 crore and around half of the exporting units are based in Uttar Pradesh.
"Such reckless step by the government will result in economic disruption. Does the government want to stop these exports? Around five to 10 lakh people will be rendered unemployed by this step," Mr Owaisi said.
He said the capacity of legal abattoirs should be enhanced to meet the demand.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.