India’s government is cracking down on the practice of cow slaughter, banning slaughterhouses in the country from holding more than 50 cattle per day and restricting the sale of beef to a certain amount per day.
More: A government spokesman on Wednesday said the ban on cow slaughter would come into effect from April 1.
“We are following the lead of Pakistan, which has also banned cow slaughter,” N. K. Advani told reporters.
India banned cow-eating in 2006.
The move came after a series of gruesome killings of calves, bulls and bulls, including one by a young boy.
In 2014, India banned the sale and slaughter of cattle.
Cow slaughter is practiced in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the ban came as a result of a court case in Pakistan in which a man was sentenced to death for killing a calf he owned and sold in a market.
The Indian government has said it is looking at legal ways to curb the practice, including setting up slaughterhouses where people can sell their cattle.
India is also a major exporter of beef and pork, which is considered a religious symbol.