Rajasthan High Court: Declare cow national animal, punish with life term for slaughter [Read Full Judgement]

Team SoOLEGAL 31 May 2017 1:39pm

Rajasthan High Court: Declare cow national animal, punish with life term for slaughter [Read Full Judgement]

The High Court of Rajasthan today recommended punishment of life imprisonment for cow slaughter while also calling to make the bovine, considered holy by many Hindus, as India's national animal.

The High Court  judge, Mahesh Chandra Sharma, was giving judgement on a petition against the way a cow shelter near state capital Jaipur has been managed, when he made the observations. He was hearing the Hingonia Gaushala case, in which over 8000 cows had died between January 1 and July 31 last year due to ill health and accidental injuries in what is considered one of "Asia's best" cow shelters.

The High Court's recommendation to the centre comes amid a massive outrage across the country over a controversial notification issued by the Centre on the sale and slaughter of cattle.  Governments in states like West Bengal and Kerala have refused to implement the new rules pointing out that they have the right to frame their own laws on animal slaughter. They have accused the Centre of infringing on states' powers to frame their own laws on animal slaughter.

The EnvironmentMinistry last week notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Crueltyto Animals Act, banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets forthe purpose of slaughter.

The Centre's rules defined cattle as a bovine animal, including bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and calves and camels.

The decision drew flak from various Opposition parties as well as organisations who claimed it would hit the export and trade of meat and leather.

Following protests by various states and business community, the government on Tuesday said it could reconsider the notification regulating the sale of cattle and may exclude buffaloes from it.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed the central order and issued notice to both the Union Government and the state government seeking their reply.

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Rajasthan High Court   Cow slaughter   Prevention of Crueltyto Animals Act  

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