Talks continue over chief ministers animal cruelty legislation, but no agreement has emerged
A group of states in India’s North East have submitted proposals for legislation to curb animal cruelty, an initiative which has so far failed to garner agreement.
The??? ??? first meeting of the Centre-level National Animal Rights Advisory Council (NAARAC) is to be held on July 20 in New Delhi to discuss the proposals, a top police official said.
The NARAC, which is to meet once every three months, will discuss the latest recommendations of NIA, a government body that has dealt with animal abuse since 1992, senior police officer M Venkatachalam said.
“We have a draft animal rights legislation in the works and I will be attending this meeting of NAARAC to discuss its recommendations,” Venkatachalam said.
This week, the NIA on Tuesday said it had received proposals on a total ban on cow slaughter in t???? ???????he North East, and other issues, from several states.
It said these plans were being considered by the central government, State governments and departments and the animal welfare department was working on the matter.
“I will take up the issue with the state governments as well, but I am optimistic as many states have given us their plans, including a submission from Tamil Nadu,” a senior police officer said.
The idea of the National Animal Rights Bill emerged during a meeting between Chief Ministers of Bihar, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh this week, but no agreement has emerged.
The proposed ban on cow slaughter was advocated by former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad after some residents lost their lives due to cow-related incidents after the state government introduced an anti-cow slaughter drive in 2014.
The NIA was set up by the then Chief Minister of Bihar H L Krishna Menon to discuss laws and regulations relating to the treatment of animals.
The Bill’s draft had earlier asked that the Centre take up an animal welfare bill on February 24, 2019.
The Centre’s Animal Rights Advisory Council has said such legislation should cover various animal issues including slaughter of dogs and other non-indigenous animal products.
Animal abuse has become a major issue in Indian politics after Congress MP Kanimozhi had killed two bulls, one of which was a bull mastiff, after killing it to test the safety of the country’s beef imports.
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