New Delhi, Feb 7: The clamour to declare cow as the national animal of India is growing louder. Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madni on Tuesday said that declaring cow as the national animal would ensure both cows and humans are safe. “Do one thing, make a law to declare cow the national animal, this way both cows and human lives will be safe. This will be useful for the country,” he said.

Another Muslim cleric came out in support of his statement saying it was in the interest of the country to declare cow as India’s national animal. “It is a good initiative and coming from Muslim community, it’ll be in country’s interest. Prophet has stated that cow meat brings disease, cow milk is beneficial and cow ghee is medicinal, hence, in India’s benefit, I urge Government of India to make cow the national animal,” said Muslim cleric Umer Iliyasi.

Last year too, Madni had made a similar statement seeking national status for the cow. He had expressed concern over growing violence and had said that an atmosphere of concern has been prevailing in the country following violence that even included murders by gau rakshaks.

The All-India Hindu Convention in Goa had also resolved last year that cow should be declared as the national animal. The government had, however, said that it had received no proposal to declare the cow as national animal.

However, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said that under the distribution of legislative powers between the Union of India and States under Article 246(3) of the Constitution, the preservation of cattle is a matter on which the legislature of the state has exclusive powers to legislate.