Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday introduced a new bill in the Assam Assembly to protect cattle in areas with "predominantly Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and other non-beef-eating communities". The sale and purchase of beef or beef products are prohibited. Along with this, a ban has also been imposed on selling beef within a radius of five kilometres of any temple or religious place (Vaishnav Math). This is a unique aspect of the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021, which aims to regulate the "killing, consumption, illegal transport" of cattle. Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, which allowed the slaughter of cattle above the age of 14 years after the approval of this bill from local veterinary officers, will now be replaced. Watch!
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