National animal status sought for cow – The Hindu

TTD Trust Board member K. Shivakumar announces padayatra

‘Gau Raksha’ activist K. Shivakumar, who is also a member of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board, has announced that he would take out a Padayatra in Tirupati, with an appeal to the Centre to declare the cow as national animal.

This will be his second such walkathon for the cause. Mr. Shivakumar reached Tirupati after completing a ‘Go Maha Padayatra’ with hundreds of cow activists from Hyderabad to Yadadri temple in Telangana from November 5 to 7.

On arrival at the Sri Padmavathi Go Seva Sadan at Tiruchanur on Sunday, Mr. Shivakumar offered prayers to cows and held a meeting with cow activists and members of various Hindu associations.

Later, he announced that the second ‘padayatra’ would be launched soon from the Sri Padmavathi temple at Tiruchanur to Alipiri, the foot of Tirumala hills.

Sadan’s Secretary A.V. Krishna Rao and former Animal Welfare Board member A.V. Krishna Rao said cow protection should be viewed beyond the religious angle. .

Hindu leaders Omkar, Rajesh, Sai Ganesh and local cow activist Syed Meer performed ‘Go Puja’ and expressed support to the padayatra.

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