Karnataka mulls ban on beef consumption post Covid-19

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NEW DELHI | JULY 11, 2020:

Karnataka is planning to impose a ban on cow slaughter including the sale and consumption of beef through the Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill, 2012.

State Animal Husbandry Minister, Prabhu Chauhan, stated that many states have passed the Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill.

"The government will soon implement a law to ban the slaughter of cows including the sale and consumption of beef," Chauhan said.

The Anti-Cow Slaughter Act has already been put into place in several states namely Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Last month, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government had passed a draft ordinance to prevent cow slaughter by providing maximum rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and a fine up to Rs. 5 lakh.

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Cow Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 aims at making the existing Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955 more effective.

In Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had promised to ban cow slaughter in its manifesto for the 2018 state assembly election.

"The government will form a team of experts to look into the matter once the current pandemic situation eases," Chauhan said.

The BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government had passed the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Protection Bill in 2010, but it failed to get presidential approval.

Three years later, the Bill was withdrawn by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government.

Chauhan also stated that he will discuss the matter with the Chief Minister as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic eases.

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