Hyderabad: Telangana Government has warned people not to slaughter cows during the Eid-al-Adha in the newly carved out state. The state government’s animal husbandry department in a circular said that cows play an important role in the rural economy of the state and so its slaughter was a cognizable offense.
While cow slaughter is largely banned in most states in the country, there are many states including Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim where there is largely no ban on the slaughter of cow or its progenies.
Both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have banned the cow slaughter. Nonetheless bulls, bullocks can be slaughtered against “fit-for-slaughter” certificate, issued if animals can no longer be used for breeding; draught/agricultural operations.
The circular of the animal husbandry department of the Telangana government has warned that the violators will be punished severely for breaking the law. It went on to state that law will be allowed to take its own course if it is violated. The government has also asked people to keep an eye on the violators are report such incidents promptly to law enforcement agencies. (Translated from Etemad, Hyderabad)