The BJP-led state government may soon ban the slaughter of calves in Maharashtra. Slaughter of cows is already forbidden in the state.
The BJP-Shiv Sena government had passed the Maharashtra State Animal Preservation (amendment) Act of 1995, but subsequent central governments, including the NDA, did not seek the President’s consent for it. The Congress-led governments in the state did not respond to the BJP’s demands for taking the bill ahead.
Since 1976, cow slaughter is banned in the state, after the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act (MAPA) was enacted. However, calves could be killed after acquiring the Fit for Slaughter certificate from civic authorities.
However, the bill got a push after the Modi government asked the state in September if it wished to pursue it. The bill has been sent for the President’s consent.
On directions from the state, Mahesh Pathak, the secretary of animal husbandry department, wrote to the Union ministry of home affairs on November 13.
“I’m directed to move the Government of India to obtain the consent of the President at an early date. This will enable the state government to publish the bill as the Act of Legislature,” said the letter.