The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to coordinate with the Centre and take necessary steps to declare cow as a national animal.
"It is expected from the government that it should declare cow as national animal and for this purpose the Chief Secretary and Advocate General of state are declared legal custodians of cow," the judge said in a 145-page order.
"Nepal is a Hindu nation and has declared cow as national animal. India is a predominant agriculture country based in animal rearing. As per Article 48 and 51A (g) it is expected from the state government that they should take action to get a legal entity for cow in this country," he said in his order.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the court's suggestion:
National Animal Cow.🐴🐴Hearing this, Tigers committed Suicide. Lions jumped into water bodies. Birds stopped flying. Prithivi sesss.— aboyob bhuyan (@aboyobbhuyan) May 31, 2017
How many licences being issued for stupidity, thought only the govt had the copyright?— KK (@vaiguru) May 31, 2017
If Cow becomes the 'National Animal', then who'll become the 'Mother of the Nation'?🤔— #reneetug2017 (@HRKAAP) May 31, 2017
HC also recommends the govt to declare the recently demoted tigers as anti-national & deport 'em to China pic.twitter.com/OGScQ5BLU8— Cosmic Dust (@maximus22986) May 31, 2017
And ox as national father.— Radhika Mehta 🚩 (@star_bhakts) May 31, 2017
Let them also make gaumutra the national drink— Robin (@robinrajan2011) May 31, 2017
While some were amused, there were others who supported the court's decision:
Welcome suggestion by Rajasthan High Court,its a need of time to protect our gaomata.— ritesh kumar das (@riteshkumardas5) May 31, 2017
At last justice is not blind. All animal lovers and #Hindus must thank the Honorable Rajasthan High Court for this observation and order.— IndianSeraph (@IndianSeraph) May 31, 2017
Absolutely yes we should have made this decision long time back— Ankit Malpani (@Malpani_Ankit) May 31, 2017
Praiseworthy statement made by Rajasthan HC. Every indian ought to take a vow 2 protect the eternal culture of our country.— Vishal Soni (@VishalS59210115) May 31, 2017