Jhatka or halal? Karnataka government develops new guidelines for animal slaughter: report

New Delhi: Amid the row over Karnataka’s halal meat ban, the government is set to introduce guidelines for slaughterhouses to adopt the ‘stunning’ method of killing animals.

According to a report by the IANS news agency, Livestock Minister Prabhu Chauhan said on Saturday he would consider the request of animal lovers who wrote to the department asking that the “stunning” method of slaughtering animals be made compulsory.

Although the government is still issuing diplomatic statements on the matter, sources close to IANS say it may soon be gearing up for implementation.

However, the southern state, which is already facing heat due to calls for a ban on halal meat, is likely to witness another controversy over the culling directive which could be implementation soon.

For the uninitiated, “stunning” is a process that ensures the animal is rendered unconscious to pain before being killed at the slaughterhouse.

Chauhan said he would take a call to make “stunning” mandatory in slaughterhouses. “Stunning has not been made mandatory at this time and no order as such has been issued by the department. The letter says not to allow halal cuts, I will check,” IANS said quoting The Minister.

It should be noted that under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the central government has recommended a “stunning” method to be followed by slaughterhouses.

Umapathy, co-director of the animal husbandry department, also said the department has received several complaints from animal advocates in this regard. However, despite the directive, slaughterhouses are still not following the rules, he said.

Violation of the rule could lead to registration of a case under the IPC as well as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Even the public could book a case in this regard. In this case, traders will be fined for the first time, and for the second offense they may be imprisoned.

Currently, the amount of the fine is Rs 50, however, there is an appeal to increase it to Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

The current prison term is 6 months to 3 years. There have also been requests to increase the period of imprisonment, he said.

Although the Karnataka government has yet to announce anything, sources within the BJP have said the party is considering making the “breathtaking” directive mandatory.

However, if that happened, there would be a huge crisis like situation in the southern state as anything against halal would not be welcomed by minorities, the sources added.

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