The minister said the state government is serious about making cow shelters stand-alone bodies.
LUCKNOW: FIRs will now be filed against those who abandon cows in Uttar Pradesh, State Livestock Minister Dharampal Singh told the state assembly on Monday.
The cases would be registered under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Singh said.
“The Yogi Adityanath government has enacted a law for registration of a case against farmers who abandon cows,” the minister said while answering a question from a Samajwadi Party (SP) MP who sought to know the government’s plan to control the threat of stray cows. cattle and compensation to people who are killed by them.
“There is a difference between ‘kasai and kisan’ (butcher and farmer). We will take care of the farmer, not the butcher,” Singh said.
The minister said the state government is serious about making the cow shelters stand-alone bodies.
“We wanted to make a sanctuary for the cows and I met the chief minister to discuss it for the protection of the cows. The CM said ‘wild animals stay in a sanctuary… the cow is the mother and not a wild animal’,” the minister said.
He added, “Cow’s milk, ghee, ‘dahi’ and dung are good. Goddess Lakshmi resides in cow dung and mother Ganga lives in cow urine.
“We are concerned about the cows and we protect them…they are not strays. There is a big difference between stray animals and abandoned animals. We call them ‘Nirashrit Govansh’,” Singh said.
“We will not allow cows to be abandoned. We will also buy cow’s milk and dung,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Spokesperson Surendra Rajput said the BJP government was not sincere on the issue of cow protection. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his 2022 election campaign, promised to solve the problem. He said that instead of taking action to solve the problem, the BJP government was talking about filing lawsuits against those who abandoned cows.