SRINAGAR: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir said on Friday that there is no ban on the slaughter of cattle in the Union territory, clarifying that the previous order to ban the Illegal slaughter of cows and camels on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha had been issued by the animal welfare council for the implementation of various laws regarding the slaughter of animals.
An official spokesperson said the Animal and Sheep Breeding Department clarified that the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has not issued any orders banning the slaughter of animals in accordance with the rules.
âThe Animal Welfare Board of India publishes an annual notice regarding the slaughter of animals to be carried out in accordance with the laws and rules. The same opinion was also issued this year and was sent to the authorities concerned, âhe said.
Previously, in a communication addressed to the Divisional Commissioners and IGPs of Jammu as well as Kashmir, the JK Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department called for a ban on the illegal slaughter of cows, calves, camels on the occasion of the Muslim festival during which the sacrifice of sheep, cows, calves and camels is an important ritual.
The Planning Director, JK Animal / Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department, citing an official letter dated 25.06.2021 from the Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy, Government of India, said a large number of sacrificial animals are likely to be slaughtered in JK’s UT during the Bakra Eid (Eid-ul-Adha) festival scheduled for July 21-23, 2021.
“The Animal Welfare Council of India, with a view to the welfare of animals, has called for the implementation of all precautionary measures to strictly enforce the animal welfare laws, namely the Law of prevention of cruelty to animals, 1960; Rules on the transport of animals, 1978; Transport of animals (Amendment) Rules, 2001; Slaughter House Rules, 2001; Guidelines from the Municipal Laws & Food Safety & Standards Authority of India for the slaughter of animals (under which camels cannot be slaughtered) during the festival, “the statement read.
The planning director said he was responsible “for asking you to take all preventive measures in accordance with the provisions of the laws and rules mentioned above for the implementation of animal welfare laws, d ‘Stop the illegal killing of animals and take strict action against offenders who rape animals. social laws “.
Copies of the letter have been sent to the Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India for information; all district magistrates; Commissioner, SMC / JMC; Director, Department of Livestock, Jammu / Kashmir; Director, Sheep Breeding Department, Jammu / Kashmir; Director, Local Urban Organizations, Jammu / Kashmir; and all senior police superintendents.
The communication drew strong criticism from religious and political organizations.
The National Conference strongly opposed the communication to ban the illegal slaughter of cows and camels on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
He had requested that the order be revoked.
Expressing dismay at the order, party spokesman Imran Nabi Dar said it was conceivable to point out that “the measure is unfair and inexcusable”.
“Having such restrictions on the slaughter of cows is well understood as it is an object of worship for a particular community, but having such restrictions in place for other cattle and draft animals is completely unfair.” Dar said.
“The blanket ban will give another means of intimidation to various unscrupulous elements to intimidate and threaten the lives of Muslims associated with the trade and transport of cattle,” he said.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgamation of several religious organizations in Jammu and Kashmir, also expressed strong resentment against the ban, calling it a direct attack on religious freedom.
“All constituent members of MMU – which is chaired by Hurriyat Conference President Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – expressed strong resentment in a joint statement against the government’s ban on cattle sacrifices on the occasion of Eid. -ul-Adha, “a statement released by Amalgam here said.