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Beef ban: SC to hear today Maha govt appeal challenging Bombay HC order

the court said that the possession of the meat cannot be considered as a crime

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Beef, Ban

The Supreme today will hear the appeal filed by the against the Bombay High Court's decision to strike down the ban on possession of beef by citizens in the state.

Earlier in January, the upheld the imposed by the state after the enactment of the Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which bans slaughter of bulls, bullocks.

However, the said that the possession of the meat cannot be considered as a crime, while striking down the relevant sections of the act.

Slaughtering of cows and sale of cow meat in has been banned and made illegal since 1976, but as per the new the ban has extended to calves, bulls and bullocks.

On May 25, the Centre, through an order, imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.

Regulating animal trade is a state business, but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule.

In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 09:50 IST