CHAPTER XXVI – THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SLAUGHTER-HOUSE

1WHEN a person entraps, kills, or molests deer, bison, birds, and fish which are declared to be under State protection or which live in forests under State-protection (abhayáranya), he shall be punished with the highest amercement.
2Householders trespassing in forest preserves shall be punished with the middlemost amercement.
3When a person entraps, kills, or molests either fish or birds that do not prey upon other animals, he shall be fined 26¾ panas; and when he does the same to deer and other beasts, he shall be fined twice as much.
4Of beasts of prey that have been captured, the Superintendent shall take one-sixth; of fish and birds (of similar nature), he shall take one-tenth or more than one-tenth; and of deer and other beasts (mrigapasu), one-tenth or more than one-tenth as toll.
5One-sixth of live animals such as birds and beasts shall be let off in forests under State-protection.
6Elephants, horses or animals having the form of a man, bull or an ass living in oceans as well as fish in tanks, lakes, channels and rivers; and such game-birds as krauncha (a kind of heron), utkrosaka (osprey), dátyúha (a sort of cuckoo), hamsa (flamingo), chakraváka (a brahmany duck), jivanjívaka (a kind of pheasant), bhringarája (Lanius Malabaricus), chakora (partridge), mattakokila (cuckoo), peacock, parrot, and maina (madanasárika) as well as other auspicious animals, whether birds or beasts, shall be protected from all kinds of molestations.
7Those who violate the above rule shall be punished with the first amercement.
8(Butchers) shall sell fresh and boneless flesh of beasts (mrigapasu) just killed.
9If they sell bony flesh, they shall give an equivalent compensation (pratipákam).
10If there is any diminution in weight owing to the use of a false balance, they shall give eight times the diminution.
11Cattle such as a calf, a bull, or a milch cow shall not be slaughtered.
12He who slaughters or tortures them to death shall be fined 50 panas.
13The flesh of animals which have been killed outside the slaughter-house (parisúnam), headless, legless and boneless flesh, rotten flesh, and the flesh of animals which have suddenly died shall not be sold. Otherwise a fine of 12 panas shall be imposed.
14Cattle, wild beasts, elephants (vyala), and fish living in forests under State protection shall, if they become of vicious nature, be entrapped and killed outside the forest preserve.