Posted On 07/11/2011 By In Animal Laws, Municipal Corporations (BBMP, GMC, MCGM, GHMC etc) With 450 Views

Slaughter of animals during Bakr-Id: Any slaughter which is not a part of the RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENT such as the slaughter of cows, calves, and camels, is not permitted in law

The blood, entrails and head of a camel at Jama Masjid, New Delhi on Bakr-Id

2 previous articles showed the legal standpoint of Camel sacrifice at the time of Bakr-Id & Cow sacrifice during Bakr-Id in India. Clearly in the context of slaughter of animals during Bakr-Id any slaughter which is not a part of the RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENT of Muslims, such as the slaughter of cows, calves, and camels, is not permitted in law.

In its judgement the Karnataka High Court (judgment passed in the Writ Petition No. 14432 of 2008 titled ‘Animal Rights Fund Vs. State of Karnataka’):

  • Noted that the petitioner had sought that the illegal transportation, and entry of camels into the State of Karnataka, particularly during festivals such as Bakr Eid, for slaughter, be prohibited. Further, that the camels be transported to the habitat suited for them, within the State of Rajasthan.
  • Noted that the Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services had issued a circular on 17th April, 1997, directing the Assistant Directors of the Taluk, Veterinary Hospitals, to prevent such illegal entry and slaughtering of camels under their official jurisdiction ; and that a similar circular had been issued by the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, on 31st May, 2006.
  • Required the State Counsel to ascertain as to whether the circulars were still in force ; and upon learning that they were, took the view that no further circulars/directions were required, while upholding those that had already been issued, prohibiting illegal entry and slaughtering of camels.

The petition was then disposed off.

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