The Assam BJP government is considering introducing a cow safety bill in the next Assembly session to ban animal transport outside the province, Governor Jagdish Mukhi said on Saturday during the second day of the new state Assembly’s first session.
In his customary address, prepared by the BJP-led government, the Governor said that people love and worship cows, considering them as holy animals.
Mukhi said before the House: “I am pleased to inform you that my government intends to bring a bill to protect cows during the upcoming Assembly session. The new law would prohibit the movement of livestock beyond the state entirely.”
He said that the state government would follow a zero-tolerance policy in protecting cows and that anyone detected ferrying the animals beyond Assam would face severe punishment.
The Governor said that after the assembly passes the cow safety bill, Assam would join the other states in the country that have enacted similar legislation.
“Cows cultivate humans by providing them with life-sustaining and nutritious milk,” Mukhi said.
Cow and other cattle smuggling into Bangladesh is rampant, and five Indian states – West Bengal (2216 kilometers), Tripura (856 kilometers), Meghalaya (443 kilometers), Mizoram (318 kilometers), and Assam (263 kilometers) – share a 4,096-kilometer boundary with the neighboring nation.
Of the 4,096 kilometers of border, 1,116 kilometers are riverine and a considerable part is an unfenced and rugged terrain.