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It's Tiger versus Cow for India's national animal

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 October 2015, 14:57 IST

Amid high voltage drama over the lynching and murder of a Muslim man in Dadri over charges of consuming beef, the Haryana health minister has started a poll that asks people if they think the cow should be made India's national animal.

The poll, that was started on Twitter, by Haryana health minister Anil Vij asks people whether the cow should replace the Bengal royal tiger as the national animal.

As of now, a total of 837 people have voted, out of which, 743 people have voted in favour of the cow while the remaining 94 have voted in favour of retaining the tiger.

The senior minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana has been allegedly advocating the idea of making the cow the national animal of India and constantly tweeting about the same.

"Once the cow is made the national animal, there would not be any laws required for its protection. There is a mafia that is involved in slaughtering cows. Like the peacock is protected by virtue of being the national bird, the same will become the case with the cow. The cow is useful for humanity as all people drink its milk," Vij said while explaining his demand.

First published: 13 October 2015, 15:01 IST