- October 9, 2012
Cattle rescued by the Blue Cross of India. —DC
On an average, 1.80 lakh cattle are trafficked to Kerala every month and this is depleting cattle and livestock wealth in Tamil Nadu.
Concerned over the impact of cattle trafficking on the agrarian economy, and also considering the plea for total ban on slaughter of cows for meat, the Temple Worshippers Society (TWS) documented the chronology of events necessitating the demand for ban on slaughter of cows for meat and its impact on ecology.
The TWS, formed by like-minded persons two years ago, urged the state government to formulate policies linking agriculture and dairy development with cattle, setting up bio-gas projects and reducing utilisation of chemical fertilizers, to save the cattle.
Radha Rajan, B.R. Haran, S.V. Badri and T.R. Ramesh of TWS assert that the depleting cattle wealth deeply affects the country’s agricultural progress and a study by the team revealed that the regression of agriculture was directly proportional to the progression of the meat industry, and that the successive governments failed the nation on the issue of banning cattle slaughter.
Recommendation to totally ban cattle slaughter was first made in 1947 by Sardar Datar Singh, heading an expert committee, but nothing has been done, they said.
Since the time of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and till the recent past, despite Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi warning the NDA government that he would go on a fast-unto-death, no action had been taken so far on the issue.
Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa should formulate policies and bring the cattle smuggling mafia to book. Also, steps should be taken to construct cattle shelters on temple lands where the rescued cattle could be maintained.
Thane cops raid slaughterhouse, rescue 22 cows and calves
On Friday morning, Chetan Sharma, a member of NGO People for Animals, received information that an illegal slaughterhouse was operating in Wada.
“Acting on the information, we conducted a raid on the premises at around 10.30 pm Friday night that lasted until after midnight with around 15 cops taking part. The cattle were being kept in an old, broken enclosure that had no roof. The accused used to slaughter the animals there and transport the meat,” said Deputy Superintendent of police, Thane rural, Shrinivas Ghadge.
“When we reached the spot, there was blood everywhere and we found two axes covered with blood but the butchers had run away. We rescued 22 cows and female calves, slaughtering of which is prohibited under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act,” said Sharma.
The accused has been identified as Salman Nazim Kuthe and booked under sections 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and 379 (theft) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
“The accused is absconding and a search is on for him. We will also probe the role of his father Nazim, who is old and bedridden but who may have been involved,” said police inspector Sanjay Dhumal, Wada police station. The animals have been sent to a gaushala in Angaon.
Police not checking cow slaughter: Malhotra
Leader of the opposition, Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Monday strongly condemned the ‘increasing’ instances of cow slaughter and serving of beef in the city.
He held Delhi Police and the city government responsible for failing to take suitable action against the culprits.
Malhotra said as per the Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, there is a provision of five-year imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine for storing or serving beef.
“However, there is an announcement to organise beef party and preparations are being made to serve beef openly in Jawaharlal Nehru University. So far, no action has been taken by the university authorities, police or government against the students who made such announcement,” said Malhotra. “They should be immediately arrested.”
He said cows are being slaughtered in Delhi at a large scale. He added that beef is being brought to the city from Mewat and other nearby areas and it is being served at many places though the government remains silent spectator.
“There is a tremendous increase in the cow slaughter during Eid. Due to vote-bank politics, the government does not take action against it,” he said.
In a letter addressed to police commissioner as well as Lieutenant governor of Delhi, Malhotra appealed to take stringent action against the persons responsible for cow slaughter, importing and serving beef.
Malhotra further appealed to the Muslim leaders to come forward against cow slaughter. He said if the government does not take any action immediately, then the patriots and people who worship cows will be compelled to launch a nation-wide agitation.
The government will be responsible for it, he added.