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Against Cow Slaughter Ban

On 16 March 2015, the Haryana Government unanimously passed the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill with the main opposition parties supporting the bill. The new bill passed by the Haryana government bans cow slaughter and sale of beef, and imposes a punishment of rigorous imprisonment of not less than three years extending up to 10 years and fines ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,00,000. The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 1995 not only banned beef but also extended the prohibition to slaughter of bulls and oxen.

These bans on cow slaughter are not new; they have been in existence in many of the states for many years. For example, in Delhi, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, slaughter of cows and calves is prohibited. In Goa and Andhra Pradesh, “cow” is defined to include heifer, or a male or female calf of a cow under the Goa, Daman and Diu Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act 1978 and Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act 1977, respectively. In some states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Madhya Pradesh slaughter of bulls, bullocks and adult buffaloes is permitted on “fit for slaughter” certificate if the cattle is over 12 or 15 years of age and is not economical for use for draught, breeding or milk. Meghalaya and Nagaland have no legislation to this effect.

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