In Hinduism, the cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, peace, abundance, selfless giving, and full of earthly life. Dairy products are extensively used in Hindu culture and are one of the most essential nutritional components of Hindu meals.
Cattle slaughter in India is a historically taboo subject.
Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, is passed by state government on Friday which raises the maximum jail sentence from the current 3-7 years to 14 years for cow slaughter
Along with this the provision of fine is also raises up to Rs 5 lakh and not less than 1 lakh.
The bill was passed by a majority vote in the absence of opposition members in the assembly and a top official from the team which drafted the bill told “Cow slaughter will invite a sentence of life term of a maximum of 14 years.”
Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Minister of state for home said, “The government, on suggestions of several sadhu-sants, during this auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri, has made amendments to the Gujarat Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2011. This is the toughest law in the country, which actually required to save our religion, culture, economy and environment.”