Reacting to the news of Centre banning slaughter and sale of cows, Karnataka Chief Minister has said that the state has not received any such notices so far.

Karnataka has not received any order or circular with regard to banning cow slaughter and sale. We will look into the matter and only then will be able to decide, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

However ‘livestock’ is a state subject and how will the centre impose the ban on the states which allow consumption of beef is a question.

The Ministry issued a gazette notification ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’. Accordingly, the cows cannot be sold unless the person has a written document furnished by the animal market committee that the cow is being sold or purchased for agricultural purpose only and not for slaughter.

The classification of cattle also includes ‘bovine animals’ – bulls, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers, calves and camels. The notification states that ‘A marketplace or sale yard or any other premises or place to which animals are brought from other places and exposed for sale or auction and includes any lairage adjourning a market or a slaughterhouse.

In Karnataka, till now beef is not banned. The rules say cows can be slaughtered if they are old or diseased. Having a cow is not a crime. Bill proposed by BJP in 2010 made cow slaughter punishable and accordingly the one found slaughtering it can be jailed for seven years and slapped with a fine of Rs 1 lakh. But the proposal it did not become law.