The import of Brahman-breed cows is not legal in the country, says a deputy commissioner
A writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking the release of 18 imported Brahman-breed cows seized by customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on July 5.
Barrister Mehedi Hasan filed the petition on behalf of Imran Hossain, the owner of Sadeeq Agro in Mohammadpur, on Monday, reports UNB.
The seized cows are kept at Savar Dairy Farm.
Defence counsel Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajol said: “We’ve sought permission to release the cows and directives to hand over those to their owner.”
The hearing on the writ petition will be held at the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim on Tuesday.
Customs officials on July 5 seized 18 Brahman-breed cows at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The cows were later handed over to the Livestock Department.
“The cows were imported from the US and arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight. We seized them as the import of Brahman-breed cows is not legal in the country,” Md Abdus Sadek, deputy commissioner (preventive) of Dhaka Customs House, said.
The market value of each cow is Tk12-15 lakh.
Sadeeq Agro has been importing the Brahman bulls for several years due to rising demand.
The cattle imported from Texas lack horns, but are much taller and have stockier bodies than locally-traded ones.
According to the farm owner, imported cattle are much stronger than the native breed. When these cows were first brought to this farm, they were difficult to control and maintain. But they gradually adjusted to their new surroundings.
The imported cattle need more food compared to local ones, but the type of food remains the same. A Texan bull usually eats 30-35kg of feed every day.