Ban on cow slaughter fine, but not on other cattle: Athawale

Ban on cow slaughter fine, but not on other cattle: Athawale

Last week, the BJP-led central government in a notification had banned sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter, including cows, bulls, bullocks, buffaloes, steers, heifers, calves and camels at livestock markets across the country.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that the state government will challenge the Centre's notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The interim order of the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court came following protests in some states including Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the measure.

On May 26, the Centre had issued new rules that require cattle traders to give an undertaking that the animals being sold at markets would only be used for agricultural purposes.

However, a day after notifying the modifications, the ministry said that the animals for the objective of slaughtering could be procured directly from the farmers at their respective farms.

In effect, the newly notified law has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter, meaning if someone has cows, he or she can slaughter them on their own, unless it breaks some state law. "The Centre through new laws is trying to wriggle into the rights of the state government, and this is a clear violation of democratic principles and will not be allowed", said Vijayan.

The petitioners contended that since the notification was related to food, it should have been approved by Parliament.

"The Union Government does not have the right to issue this order".

The court observed that there is no blanket ban on slaughtering the cattle or consuming the meat.

New Delhi, May 31 The CPI (M) today termed the Centre's recent notification relating to cattle slaughter as "encroachment" upon the powers of the states and demanded revoking of the "unilateral" decision.

The top court in 2015 asked for guidelines to be framed by a panel of multiple stakeholders including the government and NGOs to prevent cattle from being smuggled into Nepal for slaughter at a religious festival.

The high court directed state government and Centre to reply with in four weeks.

They said the rules were a burdensome interference in the freedom of trade and business guaranteed under the Constitution.

"The Supreme Court had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the director general (DG), Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB)".

A cattle market in Uttar Pradesh was witnessing the sale of about 250-300 buffaloes but the new rule has changed the scenario.

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