6 Jan 2021 4:25 AM GMT
Following the failure of the Karnataka government to get the law against cattle slaughter passed in the Legislative Council, it has brought an Ordinance.The Karnataka Governor on Tuesday approved the "Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance, 2020". It seeks to outlaw slaughter of all cattle except buffaloes aged above 13 years.It defines "cattle" as "cow, calf of...
Following the failure of the Karnataka government to get the law against cattle slaughter passed in the Legislative Council, it has brought an Ordinance.
The Karnataka Governor on Tuesday approved the "Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance, 2020". It seeks to outlaw slaughter of all cattle except buffaloes aged above 13 years.
It defines "cattle" as "cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo below the age of thirteen years". "Beef" is defined as "flesh of cattle in any form".
While many states have laws against cow slaughter, most of them exempt buffalo from the prohibition. Karnataka has widened the ambit of the prohibition by covering buffaloes below the age of 13 years.
The Ordinance further prohibits transportation of cattle within or outside the state for the purpose of slaughter.
The Ordinance also states the no person should purchase, sell or otherwise dispose of or offer to do so any cattle for slaughter or knowing or having reason to believe that such cattle will be slaughtered.
As per the Ordinance,seized cattle will be handed over to the care of state-run organizations.
The offences are cognizable and violations can be punished with imprisonment of three to five years and fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh. There is also a provision for the forfeiture of the confiscated cattle, vehicles, materials and premises to the State on conviction.
The exemptions under the 2020 Ordinance are buffaloes above the age of 13 years and certified by a competent authority, cattle used in medical research, cattle certified for slaughter by a veterinarian to prevent spread of a disease, and very sick cattle.
The Ordinance also repeals the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act 1964. Under the 1964 law, slaughter of bullock or buffalo was permissible with certification from the competent authority as the ban was only on the slaughter of "cow or calf of she-buffalo".
The bill against cattle slaughter was passed by the Legislative Assembly on December 9 last year amid a walkout staged by the opposition of Congress and JD(S).
Prabhu Chavan, minister for animal husbandry and fisheries, said that a new law was necessary to preserve cattle.
Protesting the passage of the bill, leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted that "the govt is trying to cover up their failures and misguide people by bringing up issues like Anti-Cow slaughter bill".
However, the bill did not get clearance in the Legislative Council as the upper house adjourned on December 10 without passing it amid ruckus over it.
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