Move to end cow slaughter

CHENNAI, FEB. 15. The National Commission on Cattle formed to suggest steps to stop cow slaughter will submit its report on August 2, the Acting Chairman of the Commission and Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Guman Mal Lodha, said today.

Addressing mediapersons, he said there was a proliferation of illegal slaughter houses. Each day, around 25,000 cows were being transported to Bangladesh and 15,000 to Kerala for slaughter in remote villages and mountains. The Commission would look into measures to protect aged cows thus ensuring total ban on cow slaughter.

A Constitutional Amendment was required for including `cow protection' under the Fundamental Rights and to get the issue included in the Concurrent list.

There were 1,500 NGOs functioning under the AWBI and the Centre had released Rs.10 crores to the Board to observe the 2600th Janma Kalyanak of Mahavira. Under the scheme, the Board hoped to improve shelter facilities for animals and birds during natural and man-made disasters.

Besides, the Board had received Rs. 5 crores as regular grant. This year, Subhash Chauhan of Madhya Pradesh would be given the Rs.1 lakh Prani Mitra Puraskar award posthumously. He was killed while trying to save cattle smugglers, Mr. Lodha said.

Animal welfare officers would be given cards to enable them exercise police powers including seizure and prosecution.

Lalit Bhai Mehta, AWBI Executive Committee member, released four books published under the `Compassion Series' and edited by Sahajananda of the Divine Life Society, South Africa.

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