The Allahabad High Court judge made headlines after declaring the cow a “national animal” and stating in a 12-page order that “scientists believe cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen.”
Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav made these observations on Wednesday (September 1) while denying bail to Javed, accused of cow slaughter. ‘Panchgavya’ prepared from cow’s milk, curd, ghee, urine, and dung. These can help treat a wide variety of incurable diseases, Justice Yadav added.
Scientists believe that cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen: Allahabad HC https://t.co/0q4UrCQRYZ
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) September 3, 2021
Javed, a petitioner from the Sambhal district – accused of stealing and killing one Khilendra Singh’s cow along with his associates.
The court noted in its judgment on Wednesday that this is not the first time the petitioner commits cow slaughter. If he is released on bail, he will repeat the offense.
Statements from Justice Yadav
While the oxygen remark confused netizens. Yadav also made the following points:
- “Scientists believe cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen,” Times of India quoted him as saying.
- The Centre should table a Bill in Parliament and “declare cow as the national animal and make strict laws against those who talk about harming the animal”.
- “Fundamental right is not only the prerogative of beef eaters. Rather, those who worship the cow and are financially dependent on them also have the right to lead a purposeful life.”
- “Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind has demanded the introduction of a central law to ban cow slaughter in India. In view of all these circumstances, there is a need to declare the cow as the national animal and include cow protection as a fundamental right of Hindus.”
- “The majority of the country’s Muslim leadership has always been in favour of a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. Khwaja Hasan Nizami had started a movement and he wrote a book, ‘Tark-e-Gao Kushi‘, in which he had written about not killing cows. Emperors Akbar, Humayun, and Babur had appealed for not killing cows in their sultanate.”