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It is not about one stray individual and it cannot be called statement by elements charitably described as “fringe”. It is the top law making body of a state in the Indian union – the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand saying that cows not only inhale Oxygen but also exhale it.

Why they need to breathe at all in that case was an issue the state’s law makers weren’t concerned with.

This came on Wednesday, September 19, when the Uttarakhand Assembly passed a resolution seeking the status of “rashtra mata” (mother of the nation) to the cow.

The resolution, that will be sent to the Centre, for consideration, was moved by state animal husbandry minister Rekha Arya.

Moving the resolution in the Assembly, Arya claimed that the cow was the “only animal that not only inhales oxygen, but also exhales it”, and spoke at length about the “medicinal qualities” of cow urine.

The entirely Assembly enthusiastically approved this gem of pseudo-scientific information and unanimously adopted the resolution. Yes, both the Opposition and treasury benches supported it.

“The cow is treated as an incarnation of motherhood. The cow’s milk is scientifically considered the best for newborn after his mother’s milk,” the minister said.

Giving the status of “rashtra mata” to the cow will further strengthen cow-conservation efforts all over the country, she added.

“Uttarakhand government is for the protection of cows and we want to ensure that killing of cow is prohibited in the entire nation,” said Animal Husbandry Minister Rekha Arya. The minister, who tabled the resolution, added that the status of rashtra mata “is another step towards cow protection”.

Members of the Opposition Congress, while extending wholehearted support to the resolution raised a few concerns – about the cows. “What is the intention behind seeking rashtra mata status?” asked Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh, News18 reported. “Will it stop bovines from roaming on the roads?”

State Congress president and former minister Pritam Singh said his party was okay with the resolution but the government must ensure the “welfare of cow progeny”.

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