State Legislature Has Exclusive Powers on Preservation of Cattle
In a written reply, Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha that all states and union territories, except Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Lakshadweep, have legislation on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny.
The reply comes in the backdrop of rising incidents of lynchings in the country over transportation of cattle.
"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 a matter on which the legislature of the states have exclusive powers to legislate. "Therefore, it is up to the states to enact laws on the slaughter of cows," he said.
The minister said, "All states/UTs have legislation on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny except five states viz Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and one Union Territory that is Lakshadweep," he said.
He was also asked about the number of cases which came to the notice of the government regarding the selling of beef by illegally slaughtering cows in abattoirs and the action taken in such cases.
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