BM Bureau : Suspecting a rise in illegal ways of certifying fitness and transportation of cattle for slaughter to Goa, social activist and member of Karnataka Animal Welfare Board Dr Sonali Sarnobat has asked district authorities to initiate an enquiry in the matter.
Smelling irregularities and foul play in the entire procedure of issuing certificates for fitness of cattle and clearances for transportation of animals from Karnataka to Goa by the animal husbandry departments, she has also sought a detailed report demanding suspension of officials concerned.
Referring to a recent case where six cattle were transported to Goa, Dr Sarnobat said a transported six cattle based on a certificate by the animal husbandry department, Bailhongal. She claimed the certificate was allegedly issued at 10 pm on July 29, adding that the truck entered Goa Meat Complex the next morning at 10 am as per records in the meat complex and the certificate was issued for slaughter purpose.
Raising doubts over the whole procedure, Dr Sarnobat wondered if government offices are open till late night even after office hours and whether interstate cattle movement was informed to authorities concerned.
Suspecting foul play in the entire procedure, she has also raised doubts regarding the method of testing cattle, the authenticity of certificates issued and also the inhuman way the cattle is transported to Goa.
Alleging that the cattle and mostly cows are being transported in a very crude manner, Dr Sarnobat said this was in strict violation of the PCA Act.
While suspecting the role of officials of the animal husbandry department in these illegal activities, Dr Sarnobat has asked senior officials in the district to initiate an enquiry in the matter and suspend those officers allegedly involved in such activities.