New cattle slaughter rules and their aftermath

‘Ban on cattle slaughter should not lead to conflict’

Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra inspecting the construction of the new court complex in Hubballi on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Kiran Bakale

Reacting to the restrictions by the Union governemnt on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra has said that the State government is yet to get details on the new rules.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, after reviewing the progress of the construction of the court complex here, Mr. Jayachandra said that the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, was already in force.

The Minister said that the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Protection Bill, 2010, which was approved during BJP rule in Karnataka, had been withdrawn by the Congress government and the earlier Act of 1964 had been restored.

Mr. Jayachandra said that the new regulations will involve questions relating to cow protection, religious sentiments of the people along with the question of right to choice of food.

Mr. Jayachandra said that restrictions on cow slaughter should be imposed as per the view of Mahatma Gandhi, but it should not be done in order to target a particular religion or community. He also said that the implementation of the law should be done in such a way that it should not lead to conflict.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Mines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni has opposed the new regulations.

He told presspersons that those who were pressing for anti-cow slaughter laws should first learn to rear cattle.

“Those who enjoy savouring ‘tuppa’ (clear butter) should first learn to clean up the dung, then only they will know the real problems of rearing cattle,” he said.

In the notification, titled the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, issued by the Union Government those who wish to sell cattle — bulls, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and camels — may do so only after they formally state that the animals have not been “brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

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