The Allahabad high court has said that the cow should be declared a national animal and gau raksha (cow protection) should be included as a fundamental right of the Hindus. Rejecting a bail petition of a man under the UP cow slaughter Act, justice Shekhar Yadav urged the central government for the same.
Justice Yadav pointing to this said that scientists believe that the cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. He also suggested in the court that parliament should bring in a law to take strong actions against those accused of cow slaughter. Justice Yadav involved mythology at several points in 12page order. Justice Yadav described the cow as a symbol of Hindu faith and culture and claimed that even the majority of Muslims were in favour of a nationwide ban of cow slaughter.
While holding cow as a symbol of Hindu culture, the bench of Justice Yadav said history was full of instances that “whenever we forgot our culture, foreigners attacked us and enslaved us and if we are not warned, we should not forget the unbridled attack on and capture of Afghanistan by Taliban”.