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Pan-India order: SC extends stay of rules banning sale of cattle for slaughter

Meat sellers have complained of the adverse impact on their trade

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, bought cows in the US and Australia. (Photo: iSTOCK)

The Supreme on Tuesday extended across the country the Madras High order putting on hold the Central government's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from the cattle market.

As a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud extended the operation of the Madras High order, the told the that it would be renotifying the Rules after considering objections from the stakeholders.

"the interim order passed by the Madera bench of Madras High would extend to rest of the country", the bench said in its order.

Even as Additional Solicitor General P.S.Narasimha told the bench not to pass any order as Central was amenable to the High jurisdiction, the bench clarified that High order would extend to entire country.

Narasimha informed the bench that the would not implement for three months the Rules banning the sale of cattle at livestock markets for slaughtering.

Meat sellers have complained of the adverse impact on their trade including experts that is to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore.

The Central had on May 25 brought a notification by which sale and purchase of cattle in the cattle market for slaughter was banned. Several states refused to implement it.

The order on Tuesday came on a plea by All Jamitul Quresh Action Committee, which has challenged notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughtering and regulating the transporting of livestock.

After passing the order, the disposed of the petition by All Jamitul Quresh Action Committee and others.

All Jamitul Quresh Action Committee had challenged the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, banning sale of cattle for slaughtering and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017 which provides for the seizures, recovery of the cost of transportation, maintenance and treatment of seized animals.

It was contended by the organisation that both the rules banning sale of cattle for slaughtering and the other regulating the transporting of livestock were arbitrary, illegal, and unconstitutional.

It also argued the rule that the purchaser of cattle "shall not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose" was contrary to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, whose Section 28 says it is not an offence to "kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community".

 

 

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 09:21 IST
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