Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy will be introducing a Bill in the Rajya Sabha to create an authority to ensure the stabilization of population of cows (Bos Indicus) and to suggest such measures so as to comply with articles 37 and 48 of the Indian Constitution, to ban the slaughter of cows and to provide for deterrent punishment including the death penalty for slaughter of cows and to provide for deterrent punishment. The Cow Protection Bill, 2017, is going to be tabled in the Parliament on February 2nd.
What is the Bos Indicus Cow?
The Bos Indicus species of cows is found mostly in the Indian Sub-continent. They have some unique characteristics that help the ecosystem in which they live. For instance, the Bos Indicus cow is Heat tolerant, has increased parasite and disease tolerance, and gives higher production in sub-tropical climates.
Bos Indicus cows can be identified by their unique hump. While they may not be able to produce milk in the same league as say the Jersey cow, it is a fact that they have many positive qualities and have been identified as being part of the family they grow up in for centuries. The cow is revered because it is like a substitute mother, providing milk when needed. The cow dung and urine have unique medicinal properties and even a dead carcass has been known to make an infertile land fertile.
They also have large ears and dewlap (the saggy skin in front of their chest), which help to keep them cool. Bos Indicus cattle are better suited to walking long distances for water and foraging. Tropical breeds are tick resistant and well-suited to the extremes in temperature.
As India has become one of the foremost producers of Beef, the Bos Indicus cow is in danger of extinction unless it is protected. A copy of the bill that will be presented in the Rajya Sabha is shown below:
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