SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday ordered a ban on sacrifices of cows, calves, camels and other animals on the occasion of forthcoming Eid-ul-Adha in the union territory.
In this regard, Director Planning, J&K Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department, G. L. Sharma, has addressed a communication to Divisional Commissioner, Jammu/Kashmir and Inspector General of Police, Jammu/Kashmir.
The said official has made the communication, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Bylines, referring to a letter bearing number 9-2/2019-20/PCA dated June 25, 2021, received from Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India.
“In this regard, large numbers of sacrificial animals are likely to be slaughtered in the union territory of J&K during Bakra Eid festival scheduled from 21-23 July, 2021, and the Animal Welfare Board of India, in view of animal welfare has requested for implementation of all precautionary measures to strictly implement the Animal Welfare Laws viz. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; Transport of Animal Welfare Rules, 1978; Transport of Animals (Amendment) Rules, 2001; Slaughter House Rules, 2001; Municipal Laws & Food Safety & Standards Authority of India directions for slaughtering of animals (under which camels cannot be slaughtered) during the festival,” the communication reads.
“In view of above, I am directed to request you to take all preventive measures as per the provisions of acts and rules referred above for implementation of the animal welfare laws, to stop illegal killing of animals and to take stringent action against the offenders violating animal welfare laws.”
Copies of the letter have also been sent to Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India for information; all District Magistrates; Commissioner, SMC/JMC; Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Jammu/Kashmir; Director Sheep Husbandry Department, Jammu/Kashmir; Director, Urban Local Bodies, Jammu/Kashmir, and all Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs).