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JAMMU: Working President of Save Animals Value Environment (SAVE), an NGO working for welfare of animals, Devinder Kaur Madaan has appealed to the Union Government and Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to reconstitute Animal Welfare Board to check animal abuse in UT of J&K and revive the Act (Section 298-A of RPC) to ban cow slaughter, which was in vogue prior to abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, that protected cows and its progeny from being slaughtered, but it now stands repealed.She further said that after abrogation of Article 370, when the law to ban cow slaughter was repealed, Chief Secretary of UT was informed about facts. Thereafter, the then Lt Governor G C Murmu was also apprised of facts that resulted in increase in smuggling of bovines. However, when nothing concrete was initiated by Government, a Writ Petition WP(C) PIL No.18/2020 was filed in the J&K High Court seeking directions to the Government to enact a law prohibiting slaughter of cows and its progeny. However, the Division Bench of the High Court gave liberty to petitioner SAVE to approach the Government for the purpose of enacting a law in J&K for banning cow slaughter, after which SAVE once again wrote to UT Administration and also the Union Government and is still awaiting a law banning cow slaughter to be implemented in J&K.Madaan further said, “In absence of a law, bovines are being transported in oil tankers, pick-up vans, vegetable trucks and even trucks carrying mineral water. The animals are being ill-treated while many even tie them and break their bones before smuggling them to J&K. Animal lovers appeal to the government to slap PSA on these smugglers as money generated from this illegal trade of bovine smuggling and slaughter is generally used for fanning terrorism and subversive activities in the region.”Ravinder Kaul, Vice President SAVE, who is an economist, writer and internationally known cultural critic, observed that Beef Ban Act, that protected cows and its progeny prior to abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of Constitution, also ensured communal harmony amongst all sections of the society. Now that 157-year-old beef ban in Jammu and Kashmir stands lifted, there has been an increase in smuggling of bovine animals.“The situation is so grim that it can trigger turmoil in society at anytime,”Madaan warned and said that the sooner we enact a stringent law, the better it would be for UT and its subjects. It would also save animals from atrocities of smugglers, she added.Others present in the Press Conference included General Secretary Hemlata Karki, Subhash Sharma, Radhika Malhotra, Payal Goswami, Sudhanshu, Abhishek Razdan, Kaushal Sharma and Sunny Dua.
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