Karnataka Government Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa passed Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance 2020 on Monday.
The Ordinance will now be sent to Governor Vajubhai Vala for approval. The Karnataka Government, however, clarified, that the ordinance wouldn’t stop beef consumption or slaughterhouses. A bill in this regard was also tabled in Karnataka Legislative Council, where it was turned down. The bill, however, was passed by Karnataka Legislative Assembly on December 9, 2020.
According to the ordinance, which replaces the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act 1964, anyone found guilty of killing cattle may face a jail term of 3 to 7 years or a fine of minimum Rs 50000 and a maximum of Rs 5 lakhs or both. All the offences will be cognizable and the state government will impound the cattle, vehicle, premises and materials in the case of a conviction of a person.