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GOG spokespersons’ announcement Complete ban on illegal cow-slaughter, transportation, selling of cow-beef from Oct 24 Gujarat Animal Preservation Act-2011 will become effective from Dhanteras

Ahmedabad: Sunday: State government has imposed a complete ban on the illegal cow-slaughter, transportation and selling of cow-beef. The Gujarat Animal Preservation Act-2011 (Amended) which was passed in last assembly session will become effective in the state from October 24, 2011 - Dhanteras, announced today by state government spokespersons Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas and Minister of State for Finance Saurabh Patel.

The Act banning the illegal cow-slaughter, transportation, cow-beef and its products was passed during the assembly session in September 2011.

Spokespersons said that Gujarat is the only state which took the issue to the Supreme Court and enacted a law for the protection of cows. State government is resolute to make a strict implementation of this law.

Those involved in cow-slaughter and related crimes will be subjected to imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of rupees fifty thousand. Any one directly or indirectly involved in the storage, transportation or sell of cow-beef and its products will also be subjected to the sentence under this Act. The vehicle used for illegal transportation will also be seized.

However, the animal transportation is allowed for the clean motives such as animal husbandry or agriculture. In that case, the concerned persons will have to furnish necessary details such as the type and number of animals, vehicle details, details of the owner of the vehicle etc. in a prescribed format. On furnishing the necessary details to the concerned authority, permit for animal transportation will be given without any fee.

Police officials of the level of Police Sub-Inspector are appointed as competent authorities for the implementation of this Act under the Article 6(A)(3) and Article 6(B)(2), said Spokespersons.

Gujarati people worship cow as mother. The tradition of cow-worshiping is also found among adivasi community. Worshiping of cow on the day of Dhanteras along with worship of goddess Lakshmi holds a unique significance as cow is considered holy and auspicious which attracts prosperity.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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