Kerala among five states without law to ban cow slaughter
NEW DELHI: Five states
including Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh and the union territory of Lakshadweep
do not have any law for banning cow slaughter, Parliament was informed on
Meghalaya, Mizoram and
Nagaland are the other three states that do not have such law, according to the
details furnished by the Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundariya
in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
There are 24 States and
5 UTs that have legislation on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its
“Under the distribution
of legislative powers between the Union of India and States under Article 246
(3) of the Constitution, the preservation of cattle is matter on which the
legislature of the states has exclusive powers to legislate,” the Minister
Kundariya also informed
that 'the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995 has been
assented by the Union of India and the same has already been conveyed to the
State government of Maharashtra'.
The Centre's approval
to the amendment bill empowered the Maharashtra government to ban cow slaughter
in the state.