Rajasthan High Court on 31st May 2017 had recommended the centre that the cow should be declared as the National Animal of India and the punishment for killing the cattle should also be increased.
The court was hearing Hingonia Gaushala case, in which over 8,000 cows had died between January 1 to July 31 last year due to ill health and accidental injuries. It was then seen that the high court judge, Mahesh Chandra Sharma had appointed the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Rajasthan as the custodians for the protection and conservation of cows. He also directed the forest department to plant 5,000 plants in the cowshed every year.
The Union Environment Ministry last week imposed the ban on the slaughter of cattle for commercial purposes under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The court's verdict comes at the time when the opposition parties and the government of Kerela, West Bengal and Puducherry had opposed the centre's notification, who claimed that it would hit the export and import of leather and meat, which also led to violent protests at IIT Madras campus, where some students had organised "beef fest" on Sunday.
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