Rajasthan High Court asks Centre to declare cow as national animal

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New Delhi: In a recommendation to the Centre on Wednesday, the Rajasthan High Court said declare the cow as a national animal. The court also asked the Centre to increase the length of punishment for cow slaughter to life imprisonment.

The punishment for cow slaughter varies from state to state. In Rajasthan, those found guilty of cow slaughter can be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. A fine of upto Rs 10,000 can also be imposed. Slaughter of “cow, calf, heifer, bull or bullock” is prohibited in the state, including possession and transport of their flesh.

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