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Bihar looks to ban illegal Slaughter-houses in the state

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Taking a cue from UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Awadhesh Kumar Singh, Bihar Animal Husbandry Minister on Thursday said a report has been sought from the DMs on illegal slaughterhouses operating in their respective districts despite a ban on cattle slaughter in the state.

The Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955 allows slaughtering of only the bovines which are either more than 15 years old or disabled. Moreover, such animals can be slaughtered only after antemortem so as to prevent the spread of any disease.
 “There is a committee in every district headed by the DM to monitor cattle slaughter. We have asked the DMs to submit a report on illegal slaughterhouses so that steps can be taken to stop such illegal activities,” the minister told reporters outside the state legislative assembly.
 Closure of illegal slaughterhouses was one the primary poll promises of Yogi. Reports said a number of unlicensed slaughterhouses have been shut in UP as soon as Yogi took over as the CM on Sunday.

Bihar animal husbandry officials admitted most slaughter houses in the state were illegal. “As per the last assessment that was done by the department, there are 144 slaughter houses running in the state and only one or two are registered with the urban local body concerned. While the number of such slaughterhouses is higher in the Seemanchal region, including Kishanganj and Purnia, over a dozen slaughterhouses run illegally in Phulwarisharif and Patna City areas of the state capital,” said an official, preferring anonymity.

While the number of such slaughterhouses is higher in the Seemanchal region, including Kishanganj and Purnia, over a dozen slaughterhouses run illegally in Phulwarisharif and Patna City areas of the state capital,” said an official, preferring anonymity.

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