Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cattle Slaughter Ban Bill

Animal Slaughter (Picture © Gopal Agarwal)
Couple of days ago, I attended a Seminar in NIANP (National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology) Campus at Adugodi, Bengaluru. Though the core subject was Animal Nutrition itself, there was no such constraints to our discussion at Tea-Break - so was the debate on The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010; which was passed in the Karnataka Assembly early this year. It was indeed a long break than usual, since the Slaughter Ban Bill came to debate. Although we happen to share tonnes about the issue, the final message for the day was (as put by one of the Scientists there) - "It definitely will lead to lot of Social Problems"!
BJP Government views: Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, defending the Bill said "It was aimed at protecting cows and preserve cattle in Karnataka. A number of States in the Country including Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, already had similar legislation". One of the BJP Leader said "There will be severe shortage of milk in Karnataka if the current rate of cow slaughter continued".
Opposition Party views: Opposition Leader Mr. Siddaramaiah termed the Bill as "draconian", "anti-secular" and "unconstitutional". He continued "Laborers in industries such as shoes, leather, belts, nail polish, films, buttons and other beef products would lose their jobs" and added "such a bill can be enacted only in Hitler's regime". JDS said "It is an anti-democratic move and Yeddyurappa Government is worse than the regime of Stalin" and branded BJP Government "communal".
Animal Activist views: "This is a welcome move by the BJP Government" said an unidentified animal activist. "Enforcing strict laws including both penalty and imprisonment, helps to keep a check on violators. Offence being made non-bailable will definitely make a difference and reduces the suffering of dumb animals", the person thinks.
Hinduism views: "It was great humiliation and embarrassment when our Sacred animal - Cow was slaughtered in inhumane ways. I wonder how people are ignorant about the medicinal benefits of Cow urine, which have been proved by research. All the byproducts of Cow; from milk to dung are considered holy. The Bill has brought a smile on thousands of faces".
Islamic views: Leaders in Congress, who are Muslims, expressed their concern - "Bill would create hatred among different Communities and would lead to a deterioration in law and order situation". "Beef, makes the bulk of our food habits. Completely banning the slaughter of Cattle and sale of Beef in Karnataka has hurt the sentiments of a Community who are also a majority in the State" they felt.
Entrepreneurs views: "There are a huge number of Customers who prefer eating beef. We can see the unhappiness in their faces when said no beef cuisines will available at the Restaurant following the cattle slaughter ban bill. This might also affect our Business adversely".

Firstly, I do not figure out the logic behind replacing present 'The Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964' with the proposed 'The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010'. It indeed is 'unacceptable' when one's eating habits are being strictly monitored under 'Law'.

Nature, intends to maintain an equilibrium amongst various species of animals through its Food Chain. In the process, Man (basically an animal) consuming Cattle (an animal too) looks like a mere part of the complex Food Chain existing in the Environment. All these Cultures, Rituals and Traditions are man-made. How fair is it to germinate the seed of 'Hatred' within ourselves on the grounds of our own creations?

Personally I feel, when a Hindu can maintain a cordial relationship with a Muslim irrespective of the fact that Cattle is sacred to himself and a source of food for the other, ample chances can be anticipated for a peaceful living. Unless we have the capability to accept, respect and let exist the diversity in Religion, Culture and Tradition - considering humans 'the highest mature form of life on earth' can easily be abandoned.

Let alone everything else aside; India being third highest in the population of Muslims (following Indonesia and Pakistan), how fair is it on our part to make such Bill a Legislation? It would not be a surprise, if the next Government chips in to say "Keeping in mind the amount of deforestation that is taking place, there is a need to seriously conserve our available natural plant resources. It can easily be achieved by making non-vegetarian a forced food habit". Well, any damn thing can be passed in the Assembly and all it takes is just a matter of few 'Crores'; ours is, anyway, a democratic Country!


  1. ಹಸು ಸಾಕುವವರಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು ಅದರ ಕಷ್ಟ. ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಮಿಶ್ರ ತಳಿ ಗಂಡುಕರುಗಳನ್ನ ಅವ್ರು ಏನ್ ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಕು? ಈ ಗಂಡು ಕರುಗಳು,ಅನುತ್ಪಾದಕ ಹಸು ಮತ್ತು ಎತ್ತುಗಳನ್ನ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಬೆಲೆ ತೆತ್ತು ಕೊಂಡುಕೊಂಡರೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಇದು ನ್ಯಾಯವಾದ ಮಾತು. ಆದರೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಇಂತ ಅನುತ್ಪಾದಕ ರಾಸು ಸಾಕುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ದುಡ್ಡು ಖರ್ಚು ಮಾಡುವುದು ಕೊನೆಗೆ ತೆರಿಗೆದಾರರಾದ ನಮ್ಮದೇ :(

  2. Naveen, firstly, welcome to my Blog! :o)

    You pointed out a very important practical problem farmers could face due to this Cattle Slaughter Ban Bill, which I purposefully did not mention in the writeup.

    Yes, farmers will be in big trouble and economic loss if they want to continue raring crossbred male calves born to unproductive cows and aged draft bullocks. I strongly suspect if Government could come forward to purchase such animals from farmers paying a supportive price.

    The solution by Law for such problems farmers face will be to transfer these animals to 'Prani Daya Sanghas', where they (are supposed to) rare these animals till (to??) death.

    Following this Cattle Slaughter Ban Bill, problems are expected to mushroom from various dimensions.

    Thanks for your comments in Kannada. Keep those coming in :o)

  3. Where from you are going to feed so many heads of cattle if slaughter is banned. The existing number of bovines is already underfed. As the age advances they are more prone for ill health after death how the animal is disposed? Nature can become more polluted. water, shelter requirement are the other problems faced.
    It is impossible to prevent slaughter of milking animals unless the group/s of people who are slaughtering animals realize what they are doing is correct or not. once they are in a set tract it is difficult to mend them, no legislation can mend it.

  4. sir i would like apprisiate ur initiative..... creating a stage for vets view on anti cow slaughter bill. average grain consumption in india is 156kg per year which is below many african counties and half that of china(300kg),america-900kg.also in developed contries food habits will be more nutrion oriented that is through milk,meat,egg othe animal products.when India(karnataka) is not assured nutrisious food in terms of vegitarian food how can it ban poor mans or some class of peoples nutrisious food(beef).

  5. Viswanath Reddy Sir, am very pleased to see you here; Welcome to my Blog Sir! What you said is very true, ban of slaughter will also be a problem in disposing dead cattle. Strict legislation to ban cattle slaughter will only end up in making it legally ILLEGAL.

    Rajesh, Welcome to my Blog! Thanks for your appreciative words. With the stats you mentioned, we can easily conclude that India's most population is dependent on animal products for nutrition. Such being the case, the proposed Cattle Slaughter Ban Bill in Karnataka seems to be a biased and influential decision without any logical intention behind it.

    Dr. Viswanath Reddy Sir.. I 'must' tell something about him here. He is a Legend in our Veterinary Profession, whom we all (even today) consider as a 'role mode'. He, after gaining huge experience and expertise in the Profession, is still so humble and down-to-earth, cannot put it in mere words. It is definitely a 'dream come true' for me that such a Great Personality has commented on my Blog writeup, I need no better 'reward' than this. Taking this opportunity, I thank him personally for whatever he has done to the Profession, Society and Myself. Thank you Sir :o)

  6. I strictly appose policies like this………. These policies directly affect the rural people and prevents farmer to rare animals, the rural community nutritive requirements (especially for labor class) are met by consumption of beef which is available at cheapest rates….! If the govt is for the people, they would have made strict policies to provide safe and hygienic meat to the people.
    No animal species in this world is pure vegetarian, because all consume non-veg source like milk (contains animal cells) and egg directly or indirectly. It’s a sort of food chain. No one can stop it, instead these policies provoke to do more illegally as like mining in north Karnataka
    If the animal or human is a pure vegetarian………. He will be suffering from pernicious anemia, which is due to deficiency of vitamin B12 (Animal protein factor), all vegetarian source is deficient of Vitamin B12 except soya bean.
    Slaughter of animals is done by humane method, by cutting the jugular vein, hence the death is due to anoxia….. Here animal go to sedative stage before death………………hence no question of cruelty..!
    If they think its cruel to animals, can they stop consumption of chicken, mutton, chevon, pork, etc. or can government take challenge to provide a balanced vegetarian protein source diet at cheaper rates to the rural community???
    Now a day’s production of food grains is decreased with increased urbanization………??? Finding scarcity of labors……….. Then, who is going to work in future…………??? Alternative is the animal source diets, which can be produced more with less space requirement.
    I like to explain with example of tuberculosis- tuberculosis is a wasting disease, hence doctors advice patients for consumption of beef (protein source) and the results of recovery from disease is 100%. And more than 90% of tuberculosis affect are rural group……… there any alternative that govt can do for this....???
    Farmer rare animals and the male calf of milch breeds are unfit for draught purpose. Raring of such male calf is Burdon to the farmer. As per the policy farmer must give money to go-shala to take care of their aged bullocks and male calfs……………..??????????? It’s a punishment to the farmer.
    At last the words from public- ‘who is he to stop my food habit?’

  7. Jaishankar, welcome to my Blog! :o)

    You have presented a complete and appropriate analysis of the complications due to the proposed Bill. But, how on this earth can one convince the BJP Government and its so-called Hindutva principles?

  8. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬರವಣಿಗೆಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು.
    ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ ಹಸು ಸಾಕುವವರಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು ಅದರ ಕಷ್ಟ ನಷ್ಟ. ಅದನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾರತದ ಜನರು ಕಾಮದೇನು, ಗೋವು,ಪುಣ್ಯಕೋಟಿ ಎಂದು ಹೀಗೆಲ್ಲ ಭಾರತದ ಜನರು ಕರೆದು ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಕೆಲವಂದು ಮನುಷ್ಯತ್ವ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಜನರು ಅದನ್ನು ತಿನ್ನಲು ಮುಂದಾಗಿರುವುದು ಸಮಂಜಸವಲ್ಲ.ಹಾಗೆ ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ರಿಟೀಷರ ದಬ್ಬಾಳಿಕೆಯ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದೂಗಳಿಗೆ ಧನದ ಮಾಂಸದ ಕುಬ್ಬುಸವರಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು ಮತ್ತು ಮುಸ್ಲಿಂ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಹಂದಿಯ ಕೊಬ್ಬು ಹಚ್ಚಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಅವರು ಅದನ್ನು ಮುಟ್ಟಲು ಇಂಜರಿದಾಗ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಕಠಿಣ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ವಿಧಿಸಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಜನಾಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹಿಂಸೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು.ಇದನ್ನು ತಪ್ಪು ಎಂದು ಕೇಳುವವರಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಇದ್ದುದರಿಂದ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅಂದು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಲಾಭವಾಗಿರುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.
    ಇದರಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿಂದೂ ಮುಸ್ಲಿಂ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಐಕ್ಯತೆ ಮೂಡದೆ ಜನರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಮಾದರಿಯ ಭಾವ ಉಂಟಾಗಿ ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಬಗೆ ಹರಿಯಲಾರದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿ ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಉಳಿದಿದೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಇಂದು ಗೋಹತ್ಯೆ ಕಾಯಿದೆ ತಂದು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಲು ಹೊರಟಿರುವುದು ಸಮಂಜಸ.ಆದರೆ ಇದು ಸಹ ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಮಜನ್ಮ ಭೂಮಿಯ ವಿವಾದದ ಹಾಗೆ ನೂರಾರು ವರ್ಷಗಳು ತೀರ್ಪಿಗೆ ಕಾಯದೆ ಬೇಗ ಒಂದು ಹಂತಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವುದೇನೋ ? ಕಾಯ್ದು ನೋಡುವ ತವಕ.
    ಯಾರು ತಿಳಿಯುವರು ಮುಂದಿನ ರಾಜಕೀಯದ ಭವಿಷ್ಯದ,ಮತ್ತು ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿ ನ್ಯಾಯ ಮಾಡುವ ನಮ್ಮ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಧೀಶರುಗಳ ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ನೆಚ್ಚಿನ ವಕೀಲರ ವಾದದ ತೀರ್ಪನ್ನು ಅಲ್ಲವೇ.ಅಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ಕಾಯುವುದನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ .

  9. ಚಂದು, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ 'ಹಿಂದು'ವಿನ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರಿಯಷ್ಟೇ. ಆದರೆ, ಒಬ್ಬ 'ಮುಸಲ್ಮಾನ'ನಾಗಿ ಕ್ಷಣಕಾಲ ಯೋಚಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿ..

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  11. "NAMASKAARA" to all.
    thanks for the informative and thought provoking discussion.

    well, as an animal lover I was initially happy for the cattle slaughter ban bill. But, as a vet, there are some serious problems as mentioned in the above posts that need consideration.

    in particular, as a wildlife vet,I would like to share some practical issues that require attention.
    well, if at all the bill is passed;
    what? will the government supply 'rava idli', 'raagi mudde', 'paayasa' etc., to the Big cats & other carnivores at Zoos & rescue centers??
    for example at bannerghatta biological park there are 120+ lions, tigers & leopards (though not accurate in statistics) there is a requirement of 1,500+ kg of beef everyday.
    can this huge quantity be replaced with mutton or chevon?? thats practically 'impossible'. there comes to consideration the cost, the competition created for human food. Also, the Goat meat is believed to have more fat content than beef, which is not advisable in captive animals.
    To bring to your notice, in the proposed bill in the definition of "cattle" they have included buffalo (he, she, calf) also. in other states (viz., Gujrat) of cattle slaughter ban, they have excluded buffaloes.


  12. ...contd

    and, according to the proposed bill of Karnataka govt, even possession of cattle meat is illegal, so neither we can get it from neighboring states. it'll also be very difficult to introduce a new diet to these carnivores. so, all these above posts reflect the practical problems following cattle slaughter ban.

    so, coming to the conclusion, I personally opine, that "hindutva" - should be in our customs, beliefs, traditions, the great spirituality in the soul with due respect to other religions & beliefs & let not "hindutva" become a political spin.

    Thanks Dr Prashanth for creating this forum.

  13. Dr. Hema, firstly, nice to see you around; Welcome to my Blog! :o)

    It was very interesting to read the practical problems you have put forth that might be a threat to the captive animals. But, believe me, the 'cry' of those captive animals along with Vets cannot manage to cross the barriers of captive enclosures. The so-called policy makers are least bothered by such excuses (as they might call).

    Anyways, am very happy that all our Professional Colleagues are right there when necessary. I feel proud being one amongst you all. Thank again :o)

  14. what I've heard is that Governor has sent the bill to president for opinion(if I'm right). I only hope it doesn't get passed....

  15. You are right Dr. Hema! The Governor has sent the Bill to President of India.

    But, you know what? Once the Bill is passed in the Assembly, the Governor or the President has to accept it; sooner or later.

    Am glad that the latest political developments in Karnataka are keeping the BJP Government busy safeguarding their 'chairs'. Hope the proposed Bill about Cattle Slaughter gets to enjoy a 'back seat' in the midst of the political drama.

  16. This is Manikanta from one of the village of Karnataka.
    This is my first visit to this site..
    Prashant, thanks for presenting a blog like this.
    I'm really wondering to see how come these people can make comments like this? that to everyone are Hindus?
    if you dont need that animal(like male), then you can kill them ? why do you think everything from economic point of view? u will drink its milk since your child without giving it to its child and u want it to die when it comes to its old age? will you do the same to your parents when they are old enough to not to do any kind of work? what is this yar?
    atleast, no one appreciating that bill.. except few. dont we digest if we eat vegetables? i never found difference between my mother and my cow. see in its eyes, for just being born as animal, it has to die to feed selfish man.. one guy said 'if cows r dieing, then it will spread diseases and all, water will get spoiled' .. friend, our soil is not yet that much cruel to accept the dead bodies like us.. whatever you buried in it, it will accepts.
    M.K.Gandhi said - If there situation comes like, i will be alive by eating the animal, I prefer to die. humans are intelligent to not to use his environment for his selfishness,, but to protect them".. please wake up and save cows. it is also part of our culture

  17. Manikantan, welcome to my Blog!

    I understand the concern of yours towards Cow. Cattle Slaughter has its own merits and demerits, substantiated in their own ways.

    In the above comments, views have been presented from two dimensions - common man and professionals. Both seems to be true and the key to success and peace lies in the fact of get going a balance between both.

    Thanks for sharing your views :o)

  18. I just read through the blog and a couple of the comments. Hema's comment was quite interesting. An animal lover and a vet you say you are, i'll just look at the animal lover part of it. How can anybody justify keeping animals in captivation as a source of entertainment to people? How can anybody justify slaughtering 140 billion animals every year? How can anybody justify the pain, the abuse that every one of those farm cattle go through only to be sliced, diced and packaged in a slaughterhouse? Many would justify all of that, but not an animal lover. Every second about 5000 animals are getting killed to be a part of someone's burger or your biryani. There's absolutely no sanity left to the destruction of life that we all are a part of. If this ban will save some of those animals, then I'm all for it. And it's not about people losing their way of life or jobs. At one point of time slavery was a business. Slaves were sold on open markets and when that was abolished people protested too! But does that make it right? It had been going on for hundreds of years but it still didn't make it right. We did away with racism, with sexism. Speciesism is just as horrible, if not more. I only hope people wake up to the violence that we inflict on our non human brothers and sisters.

  19. Siddharth, welcome to my Blog! :o)

    The debate you present is very logical. At the end of the day, one question I haven't gotten answer for the whole years of my life - WHO GAVE THE RIGHT FOR HUMANS TO RULE THIS PLANET EARTH? Every single form of life is a vital creation of nature and every life has its own right to live!

    We only are good at making statements like LIVE & LET LIVE, but seldom bring it to practice.


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