Udupi: The Union government has failed to introduce an anti-meat export law despite a Supreme Court directive, said the Dayananda Swamiji, President of World Animal Welfare Board and National Convener of Lingayath Dharma Mahasabha while alleging that the Modi, under whose tenure the quantum of meat exports has doubled was not interested in legislating a law.
Addressing media persons at Udupi Press Club on Tuesday, November 28 Dayananda Swamiji said that Narendra Modi promises of protecting our culture and tradition and ban on meat export helped him come to power. He however has failed to fulfill his pre-poll assurances said Swamiji adding that the government bring a legislation to ban meat exports completely.
Stating that even Muslims, other communities in the nation are supportive of a ban on meat export, not just that of meat but also other animals’ meats export he questioned the silence of the Prime Minister on the issue and the difficulty being faced by the Government in this regard.
“Muslims alone are not responsible for cow slaughter, but Hindus too are responsible. Hindus transport cows to slaughter houses. Lakhs of animals are being sacrificed in temples in the name of God,” said the Swamiji urging all to fight against the practice of animal sacrifice in temples.
“An order passed by the Supreme Court on March 29, 2016 directed the central government to ban meat exports. When BJP came to power we hoped it would enforce the ban. However nothing was done,” he said.
He said that the Lingayats should be recognized as a separate religion and be accorded constitutional recognition just like Sikh, Jain, Buddhists’ religions and asked both the state government and the centre to initiate steps in that direction.
National Basava Dal, Basava Sena, Lingayat religion Vedike and others should make recognition of the Lingayat and on third week of January a Convention will be held at Bengaluru.
Sunanda Devi Matha, Shantha Devi Matha, Shiva Putra Swamiji and Guru Siddesh were present during the press meet.