SRINAGAR – Authorities in Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir on Friday denied there was any ban on the sacrifice of animals throughout the upcoming Muslim competition of Eid al-Azha.
The clarification got here a day after the federal government requested the legislation enforcers to cease the sacrifice of cows, calves, camels and different animals.
Senior authorities official G.L. Sharma stated the sooner communication was “misconstrued,” and the federal government had been looking for transportation of animals and the prevention of cruelty throughout the Muslim competition.
“The letter was sent to enforcement agencies to enforce the laws of the Animal Welfare Board and it is at the time there is mass slaughter of animals to prevent cruelty on animals,” the official stated, in line with the native information portal The Kashmir Walla. “This is not a ban on slaughter and sacrifice.”
A authorities communication addressed to civil and police authorities within the area on Thursday requested them to cease “illegal killing/sacrifices of cows/calves, camels & other animals,” citing animal welfare legal guidelines.
Muslims historically mark Eid al-Azha, or Feast of Sacrifice, by providing particular prayers and slaughtering livestock, often a goat, sheep, a cow or a camel, to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim´s take a look at of religion. The meat of the sacrificed animals is shared amongst household and pals and poor individuals who can’t afford to sacrifice animals.
The official round prompted an uproar within the already restive area with an affiliation of teams of Muslim students calling it “arbitrary” and “unacceptable.”
The affiliation, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema, stated in a press release that “the sacrifice of permitted animals, including bovines” on Eid al-Azha “is an important tenet of religion on this day.”
It urged the federal government to right away revoke the “discriminatory order.”