Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday cleared that the state government is not planning to ban slaughter of other animals.
Notably, after the state government banned selling and possession of beef, there were reports that mutton could be prohibited in Maharashtra.
On Monday, the Maharashtra government had told the Bombay High Court that the beef ban law may just be the beginning, indicating that a ban on slaughter of other animals might follow.
Maharashtra advocate general Sunil Manohar had also justified the new state law that banned the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, and criminalised possession of beef.
The Bombay High Court had asked the Maharashtra government the reason for banning slaughter, possession and consumption of cows, bulls and bullocks only and not including other animals in the ban under the state’s animal preservation laws.
Replying to the query of a division bench of Justices VM Kanade and AR Joshi, the AG had responded: “We have made a start with cows and its progeny. At least we have made a beginning. The state might consider others.”