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NGT seeks information on policy for protection of indigenous cows

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Expressing concern over dwindling population of indigenous breeds of cows across the country, the National Green has asked states to inform it if they have formulated any scheme or policy for their protection.

A bench headed by Justice asked all the state governments to conduct a census and apprise it whether they provide any veterinary and medical assistance to these indigenous cows.

"We direct the respondent states to file their statements stating the rate of the indigenous cows diminishing with particular reference to the period of past five years," said the bench, also comprising Justice

The bench further asked whether "the State has any interim scheme or policy for protection of such indigenous species of cows and "whether any local or other laws are available in their respective States for prohibition of slaughtering of such indigenous cows."

The NGT had earlier noted that there was nearly 80 per cent decline in the animal population in from 2003 to 2012 and said such a condition may lead to extinction of the species in the state.

The order came on a plea by a lawyer, Ashwini Kumar, who had moved the Tribunal, claiming a "looming threat of extinction of indigenous breeds of cattle" in the country.

The earlier had issued notice to the on the plea which had also sought a nationwide ban on slaughter of the of indigenous breeds.

Kumar had claimed a steep decline in the indigenous cow population, saying that the of Indian breeds were being replaced by exotic and cross-bred cows imported from Europe, and the US.

"Even developed countries are taking steps to preserve the diversity in livestock and taking substantial steps to preserve and conserve their domestic livestock species," the plea had said.

The petitioner had accused the government of remaining a "silent spectator" to this phenomena of "extinction".

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:30 IST