SC suspends Centre’s nationwide ban on cattle trade for slaughter

11 July, New Delhi

The Supreme Court Tuesday said, the interim direction of the Madras High Court staying the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter will remain in force and will cover the entire country.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, took note of the statement of the Central government that it is reconsidering the notification by taking into account various objections and suggestions of stakeholders and will come up with an amended notification.

The bench, then, disposed off the plea filed by the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre’s notification.

The Centre had, in May, issued the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. The Environment Ministry had notified the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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