Madras HC stays cattle slaughter ban for 4 weeks

Madras HC stays cattle slaughter ban for 4 weeks

Madras HC stays cattle slaughter ban for 4 weeks

In response to a PIL filed at the high court, a interim order was passed today by a division bench comprising Justice M V Muralidharan and Justice CV Karthikeyan.

The petition also says that the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets impinges upon people's right to practice their profession or trade. Find us on Facebook too!

Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Chennai, the former judge said the rules could not stand the scrutiny of law for many reasons and one of them was that they were in contravention of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 which permitted slaughter of cattle.

Abdul Faheem Qureshi, head of the Muslim All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee that supports meat sellers, welcomed the decision by the court in southern India and said his organisation would seek a suspension from India's highest court.

A defiant West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had on Monday called the new rules "undemocratic and unconstitutional" and said it would be challenged legally.

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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.

Some states organized "beef fests" to protest the ban.

The court observed that it was an individual's right to choose his food, while hearing a public interest litigation against the Centre's recent notification imposing license raj to curb cattle slaughter.

"Take an understanding that the animals are bought for agriculture purposes and not for slaughter". The cattle ban controversy came in the midst of a festering row over cow slaughter and consumption of beef.

The Kerala CM had also written to all state governments seeking support over the matter. The farmers and other traders involved in sale of cattle and other animals and slaughter houses and its employees would be gravely deprived of their right to livelihood by the new rules.

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