No cow slaughter, no sale of beef in Himachal: HP High Court
After imposing a ban on animal and bird sacrifices in religious places, the High Court has now imposed a ban on cow slaughter in the state. The court directed that no person would slaughter any cow/calf and export cow for the purpose of slaughter either directly or through his agent or servant.
The court also directed that no person would sell beef or beef products in any form in the state .
Passing this direction, a Division Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur observed that, “There is complete prohibition of cow slaughter as per Section 3 of the Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1979, and the state is required to make an endeavour to take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch cattle.”
It further observed that, “Animals have their own rights and it is our duty to protect their rights. They breathe like us. These animals are also creation of God.”
The court further directed the authorities that the entire roads are to be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.
The court passed this order on a public interest litigation plea where the petitioner organisation has highlighted the plight of cows in the state and given the instances of pain and suffering caused to cows. It prayed for constructing the modern goshalas or gosadans and also to provide medical assistance to them.
The court further directed that the owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished.
It directed the Commissioner, MC, Shimla and Executive Officers of all Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and pradhans of gram panchayats to ensure that all roads passing through their jurisdiction were kept free from the stray cattle to ensure free and smooth flow of the traffic. Cattle would have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs in order to trace the owner.
The Bench also directed the Superintending Engineers of all national highways and state highways to ensure that no stray cattle, including cows and bulls, come to the roads. But while doing so, utmost compassion was shown to these and no unnecessary force was used on these. If the cattle were transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps and the vehicles should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals.
The court also directed all local bodies, including the MC, Shimla, to construct in their jurisdiction goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months. It further directed that government veterinary officers/doctors to treat all stray cattle.
The Bench directs the authorities that the entire roads should be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.
The owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished
Cattle will have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs to trace the owner
If the cattle are transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps
The vehicles carrying cows should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals
It directs all local bodies to construct goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months