Indian court suspends controversial cow slaughter ban

Madras High Court stays Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter seeks reply from govt

Madras HC grants four week stay on cattle slaughter notification

The Madras High Court has stayed the Centre's order to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter by four-weeks today.The Madurai bench of the high court sought responses from the state government and Government of India on the issue.

Parliament did not enact the act to in any way prohibit or restrict any act of slaughter of animals for food or for religious sacrifice or the sale of animals for these purposes. Find us on Facebook too!

They said the rules, which deprived the people of the right to sell or purchase any animal for sale or slaughter as part of meat vending business, were a burdensome interference in the freedom of trade and business guaranteed under the Constitution.

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A gazette notification, titled Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 by the ministry had stated that no one can bring cattle to an animal market unless he or she has furnished a written declaration that the cattle will not be sold for the goal of slaughter.

Advocate and managing trustee of Madurai-based Justice Shivaraj V.Patil Foundation for Social Legal Education and Development, S.Selvagomathy filed a writ petition seeking an interim stay from the court of the operation of the Centre's notification (2017 Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act) pending disposal of the writ petition.

Choice of food is individual's right, and no one has any right to dictate it to them, said the PIL. "Until the state government gives an order (in this regard), don't follow it (the Centre's ban order)", she told an administrative review meeting in Barrackpore.

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Slamming the government's move, Mamata Banerjee on Monday called the rule 'unconstitutional, ' asserting that West Bengal government will not adhere to the present law in its form.

About 80 students at the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT Madras protested by holding "beef fest"; hundreds of such fests have also been held in Kerala. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the new regulations. The cattle ban controversy came in the midst of a festering row over cow slaughter and consumption of beef. It had agreed to an urgent hearing of a plea against the new rules.

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