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Create policy to safeguard cattle: Court

Create policy to safeguard cattle: Court
NEW DELHI: With campaigns against cattle slaughter being intensified by some right wing organizations, a trial court has called upon the Centre to create a policy and a foolproof mechanism for protecting cattle in the country. The demands for banning of cattle slaughter across the country found backing of the court which said that cattle needs to be protected not only because of health reasons but also because it is closely knitted to religious beliefs of a section of society. Pertinently, cattle slaughter is banned in most states in the country but is legal in some states.
The court held that, though cattle slaughtering was banned in the city, there were many loopholes in the law which prohibits the act. It made the observations while awarding life imprisonment to seven members of a Mewat gang in a case of cattle slaughtering. The seven men were held guilty of firing at police officials who were trying to rescue cows that were being illegally taken by them for slaughtering.
Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau also called for the immediate need to set right the mechanism for rescuing animals rampantly released on 'superdari' (undertaking) to those booked for the violation of special laws relating to protection of animals. The court said that people are taking advantage of lacuna in existing laws dealing with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Delhi Agriculture Cattle Preservation Act and also the general law (Indian Penal Code/ Code of Criminal Procedure) as these laws are totally silent on how these rescued animals are required to be dealt with.

Akshay Sadana

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Posted Date : 13/10/2014 Posted By : Admin