Open letter to Intellectuals on BEEF BAN.
My dear Secularists!You are in trouble. Why you did not read the notification dated 23/05/2017 which is titled “Prevention of Cruelity to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017before provoking the students and people in IITs, Colleges, Kerala, West Bengal, North-East& before organizing beef parties and cutting 18 month old calf in full public view in Kerala in protest.
Poor 18 month old calf would have been saved had you taken out 10 minutes time from your busy evening NDTV debates and read the nine page Notification.
Dear intellectuals, while you were busy organizing meetings of Dog Lovers and how to prevent cruelty to dogs (which I really appreciate) and discussing how the horse “Shaktiman” was kicked,you failed to realize that Government of India has not dared to take away your right to serve and eat beef at such noble get togethers.
Liberals, while you spent all your life holding seminars in Lutyens Delhi and filing cases in Courts in India regarding prevention of cruelty to animals, I and this country hoped that you would take some time to read the draft of the present notification which was put in public domain on 16/01/2017 and suggestions were invited to be given in 30 days and this was pursuant to directions of the Supreme Court in the matter of Gauri Maulekhi Versus Union Of IndiaW.P.(C) No.881/2014 in which the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed on 13/07/2015 to frame guidelines to prevent animals from beings smuggled out of India to Nepal where large scale animal sacrifice took place.
Hon’ble Supreme Court had also directed the Central Government to draft and notify Rules regarding to live stock market and direction was given to frame such rules under Section 38 (1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
My dear Animal Lovers, you being so busy hobnobbing from JNU to NDTV to Hurriyat Leaders, may be you did not get time to read the entire notification. Therefore, let me briefly state the main points of the notification which are as follows:
i. The rules are called “Prevention of Cruelity to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 which are made under Section 38(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
ii. Cattle (Cow, Buffalo, Bull, Camel) cannot be brought to Animal Market for sale for slaughter or sacrifice.Cattle cannot be sold to a person outside the state without permission as per the state cattle prevention laws. When the cattle is sold proof of sale shall be given to purchaser, seller, Tehsil Office, Chief Veterinary Officer and to the Animal Market Committee.
iii. All existing Animal Markets will have to be registered within 3 months with the District Animal Monitoring Committee. The Committee shall ensure that Animal Market has adequate lighting, water, feeding area, Veterinary facility, toilets, provisions for disposal of dead animals etc.
iv. Cruel and harmful practices on animals including painting of horns, ear cutting in Buffaloes, making animals lay on hard ground, use of chemicals on body of animals, forcing animals to perform unnatural acts, nose cutting, ear slitting or cutting by knife or hot iron marking on animals for identification purposes etc. are prohibited.
v. Purchaser of cattle cannot sell animal for slaughter or sacrifice.
vi. Appointment of a Veterinary Officer to check the health of the animals.
vii. Prohibition of sale of unfit, ill and pregnant animals.
My dear intellectuals, from “Bharat tere tukde honge” to “Notification tere tukde honge” to “Cowtere tukde honge”, you never thought of reading and understanding the notification and jumped onto criticize, condemn and demolish it as beef ban.
My friends, I do not think that you go to animal market to purchase cow for slaughter and then eat it. Intellectuals like you, simply go to a shop, ask for a plate of beef and enjoy the luxury of eating beef discussing and debating how to reduce poverty in India.
So today also, you can very well go to the local shop keeper selling the delicacies of beef and eat it as you were eating earlier. This notification does not affect your right to eat beef. This notification only regulates the condition prevailing in the animal markets which were unhygienic and inhuman and suffocated the animals where 10 animals were put in a cage where only 5 could go in. Even Kerala High Court stated so recently in one of your petitions.
I am also sure that people like you who are the elite of society, opinion makers in the society are not affected by the notification which states that there will be no animal markets within 50 kilometers of International boarder or within 25 kilometers of State border.
My dear friends, entire India knows how you and your comrades have full faith in Constitution of India and Democracy because after the JNU incidentyou swore by the Indian Constitution much more than you swore by Marx saying “Bharat tere tukde honge” is Freedom of Speech under Article 19 of Constitution of India. I will remind you that the same Constitution of India by which you have been swearing also has Article 48 which directs Government to ban cow slaughter and Article 37 which says that Directive Principles of State Policy are fundamental to the governance of the country and the Government shall consider all of this in making policy.Reading of both the Articles together state that Government shall make a policy to ban cow slaughter in India.
I will also not remind you of how Mahatma Gandhi advocated for ban on cow slaughter and that worshiping of cow is fundamental and essential to Hinduism and it is protected under Article 25 of the Constitution of India under right to freedom of religion.
Kapil Sibal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court stated that Triple Talaq was fundamental and essential to Islam because it was practiced for over 1400 years. My dear intellectuals, may I remind you that worshiping of cow in India has been practiced for more than 5000 years.
Hon’ble Supreme Court in Mohd. Hanif Qureshi Vs. State of Biharhas stated that under Article 48, ban on cow slaughter is a valid law.
But why am I reminding you of the Constitutional provisions?You have such great intellectuals in media and battery of lawyers in Supreme Court who fight for your causes from Afzal Guru to Yakub Memon to Shahabuddin to Kanhaiya Kumar. But be careful, these lawyers have not reminded you that public butchering of an animal can land you in jail under Section 153A, 504, 505 IPC for causing grave provocation, promoting enmity, ill will, hatred, provoking breach of peace between variouscommunities. They have also not told you about the Apex Court judgment where it is categorically stated that slaughtering of animal can take place only in licensed slaughter houses and not anywhere and everywhere. Hence, you have right to eat but you do not have right to slaughter animals anywhere and everywhere. Laxmi Narayan Modi Vs UOIW.P.(C) 309 of 2003.
You cried for the stone pelters attacking the Indian Army, you shed tears at their wounds from the pellet guns and created sympathy of the whole nation for those stone pelters. The scene of public butchering of 18 month old calf is more barbaric and more violent. Isn’t it?You could have uttered few words of sympathy for the poor calf who was murdered by the likes of you and more importantly it was murdered because you had not read the Government notification. So READ BEFORE YOU RIOT.