Vadodara, June 1, 2017: Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki on Thursday staged a protest and demonestrations, demanding the national animal status for cow and impose a nationwide ban on its slaughter.
During an event in Rajkot, Solanki made the remark that “Not only we urge the BJP (government at the Centre) to implement a cow slaughter ban across the country, but also declare cow as the national animal for its protection.”
He added that “Cow is like mother to all of us, we worship the cow. Our culture worships the cow. The first law of cow slaughter in Gujarat was enforced by a Congress Chief Minister Chhabildas Mehta when he was the Congress CM of Gujarat in 1995. The party also suspended those involved in the recent Kerala calf killing incident. We demand strictest action against those indulging in cow slaughter.”
While hitting out at some BJP leader over supporting beef consumption. Solanki said: “The two-faced BJP is accusing Congress of disrespecting the cow, when its own minister Kiren Rijiju is saying that no one can stop him (from eating beef). BJP’s candidate (for Malappuram by-poll in Kerala) N Sriprakash had said that ‘vote for me and I will give you cheap and good beef’. Ram Madhav says that beef eating is a lifestyle.”
The Union Environment Ministry on May 27 modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure all kinds of cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.
As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate the animal market and prevent cruelty.
Soon after the Centre’s regulation on cattle slaughter came, in Protest against the new law beef festival was observed in several parts of Kerala and IIT Madras students were also seen celebrating a beef festival inside the campus.
After that, the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on new cattle slaughter ban.