Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has called for a ban on the sacrifice of cows, calves and camels on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha in Jammu and Kashmir. Locals have already started protesting against this order, which is likely to cause political upheaval in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that such an order has been issued on sacrificial animal slaughter.
In this regard the Director Planning, J&K Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department has written a letter to the Divisional Commissioners and IGPs of both the Kashmir and Jammu regions, demanding a complete ban on the slaughter of these animals. p>
Referring to an official letter no: 9-2/2019-20/PCA dated 25.06.2021 received from Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, the communication reads:
“In this regard, there is a possibility of killing a large number of sacrificial animals in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir during the Bakra Eid festival scheduled from July 21-23, 2021 and the Animal Welfare Board of India has issued a notice to all animal welfare requested for implementation. Precautionary measures for strict enforcement of animal welfare laws. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; Transport of Animal Welfare Rules, 1978; The Transport of Animals (Amendment) Rules, 2001; Slaughter House Rules, 2001; The Municipal Law and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has given instructions for the slaughter of animals (under which camels cannot be slaughtered) during the festival.
The letter further states, "In view of the above, I am directed to take all preventive measures as per the provisions of the above Acts and Rules, prevent illegal killing of animals and request to take stringent steps for implementation of animal welfare laws. Action should be taken against criminals who violate animal welfare laws. A copy of the letter has also been sent to the Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India for information.
All district magistrates and municipal commissioners and all senior superintendents of police, both in Kashmir and Jammu, have been asked to strictly comply with the restrictions ordered. In Jammu and Kashmir, cow slaughter is banned before independence and on the occasion of Eid, only sheep and goats are sacrificed, but their price is very high, that is why many people in the village and countryside also sacrifice cows. .