Saturday, 25 June 2011

ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN RELIGIOUS PLACES ILLEGAL and not prescribed by any religion

Answer to question below
It is now clear that the practise of animal sacrifice in temples of Uttarakhand, India is ILLEGAL and an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. This clarity has come after the Department of Culture, Uttarakhand has clearly specified that no religious documents mention or prescribe animal sacrifice. The Section 28 of the above act omits killing of animals as prescribed by religion from being an offence under the act. In this context, an application under the Right to Information Act 2005 was sent to the Department of Culture. Though the Public Information Officer denied the information at the first instance, the Appellate officer, Ms.Bina Bhatt, in her reply to the applicant Mr.Manoj Chandran, resident of Lintyura, Pithoragarh, wide letter no. 236/ dated 21/6/2011, made it clear that animal sacrifice is not mentioned in any religious document or any other order. ( jahan tak prashn mandiron me pashubali dene ka he, to yah kisi dharmik granth athva kisi shaasanadesh mein ullekh nahin hai )
Hence from now on, we can say that Sec 28 of the act will not be applicable to animal sacrifice in temples and hence would be an offence.
Kindly spread the message to all forest and veterinary officials and the district administration and all temple authorities so that the law can be upheld and no offence be committed from now on.

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