Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Monday cleared the anti-cow slaughter ordinance. It will now be forwarded to Governor Vajubhai Vala for his approval.

Confirming the same, Karnataka Minister for Animal Husbandry Prabhu Chauhan said, “The Cabinet has cleared the anti-cow slaughter Ordinance. “It will be forwarded to the Governor for approval.”

“Cow is the root of India’s culture, faith and farmers’ livelihood,” Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan said in a statement, expressing concern over the decline in the number of cows year-on-year. “All of us must rise above politics to help the growth of the state’s cattle assets. But, opposing this Bill for political reasons and misleading the public is intolerable,” he said.

Citing the 2019 Cattle Census figures, Chauhan said 2.38 lakh cows are slaughtered every year. “Every single day’s delay will lead to the slaughter of 662 cows. If it continues at this pace, we aren’t far away from a time when cows will only be read about in books,” he said.

Earlier, the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, was passed by the state Assembly on December 9 without any discussion, despite vocal opposition from the Congress and the JD(S).

The new bill seeks to put a complete ban on cow slaughter in the state and has a provision of three to seven years of punishment if a person is found to have indulged in illegal transportation, smuggling, and slaughtering of cattle in the state. For the first offence, penalty ranges from Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh and the consequent offence can attract fine from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.