On Wednesday, the Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation (Amendment) Bill of 2020 has been passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. This act forbids the slaughter of cows, buffalos, and bulls under a certain age. This anti-cow slaughter legislation has defined “beef” as the flesh of cattle (cow, calf, bull, bullock and male or female buffalo that are below the age of 13 years)
The punishment as provided in the Amendment Bill are imprisonment for a period between three years and seven years and/or a fine of an amount up to five lakh rupees. In the case of subsequent offences, a fine up to ten lakh rupees can be imposed along with an imprisonment term of up to seven years.
A legislation similar to the above mentioned bill was passed in 2010 by the BJP government when it was in power. But, after the Congress government came to power, in 2013, this law had been shelved.
The Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed on Wednesday, despite protests and disagreement from opposition members. The grounds for their protests were that the bill had not been discussed before its tabling in the House.