Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 2011
The Gujarat Legislative Assembly has passed the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 2011. The idea is to stop/discourage Cow Slaughter, 7-year jail term for cow slaughter or even transporting the animal for that purpose has been incorporated in the bill. Gujarat already has Gujarat Animal Preservation Act (GAPA) 1954, but due to the presence of some loopholes in the current law, which bans the slaughter of milch cattle below the age of 16 years, some cows are still slaughtered. In the previous law, there is no provision in the Act to prevent transportation of the animal for slaughter. There had been a strong demand from the Maldharis (Pastoral People) in Gujarat for stricter laws against cow slaughter and trade of beef.