Central government plans to impose a complete ban on cow slaughter, beef products in Lakshadweep

The Central government has proposed to introduce a total ban on slaughter of cow, calf, bull and bullock in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for violating this law.

The bill also aims to ban the sale, storage or transportation of beef or beef products in any form.

To achieve this, the draft of the *Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, 2021* has been made publicly available for inviting comments from the public.

The draft Regulations provides for a complete ban on slaughter of all cows, calves both male and female, bull and bullock.

According to Section 5 (2) of the draft Regulations, no certificate shall be granted in respect of cow, calf both male and female, bull and bullock.
For slaughter of any other animal, a certificate from a competent authority is also required.

A violation of this provision is punishable by imprisonment for a term which can be extended to life imprisonment but not be less than ten years and with fine which can be extended to Rs 5 lakh but not be not less than Rs. 1 lakh.

Section 8 aims to impose a ban on beef products. Any vehicle which is used for transportation of beef or beef products may be seized by the designated officer for this purpose and will remain forfeited to the Union Territory. Violation of this provision is punishable by imprisonment for a term which can be extended to ten years but will not be less than seven years and with fine which can be extended to Rs. 5 lakh but will not be less than Rs. 1 lakh.

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