Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamgi has said that directions have been issued to the Police and Revenue department officials to prevent the slaughter of healthy cattle, particularly the cow, during Bakrid in the State scheduled to be observed on October 27.

Talking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Belamgi said that delay on the part of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to give assent to the prevention of cow slaughter Bill has denied an opportunity to the government to effectively prohibit slaughter of healthy cattle, particularly the cow.

He said that all steps would be taken to prevent the slaughter of healthy animals during Bakrid.

To a question, Mr. Belamgi said that the Governor had returned the anti-cow slaughter Bill asking the government to drop buffalo from the list of animals prohibited from being slaughtered.

He said that the Cabinet discussed the issue in detail once again and added a clause saying that only infirm and aged buffaloes can be slaughtered and healthy animals should not slaughtered. It then sent the Bill back to the Governor for assent a few months ago. “So far, there has not been a word on the Bill from the Governor’s office,” he said.

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