Supreme Court asks Centre to respond In 2 weeks on Cattle Trade Laws

Last Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 04:40
Supreme Court asks Centre to respond In 2 weeks on Cattle Trade Laws
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre on a petition challenging the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter. The Centre has been asked to file its response within two weeks. The matter will be heard next on July 11.

The opposition to the government`s cattle trade rule has reached the Supreme Court. SC asked the NDA government today to respond on the contentions of several petitions. A Hyderabad-based organisation and two others filed petitions earlier this month, saying the rule violates fundamental rights to livelihood, freedom of religion and food choice.

The Centre`s cattle trade rule has already been put on hold by the Madras High Court. The Centre`s cattle trade rule banned sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter in animal markets. The court has asked the Centre and the state government to respond to the petition, which is also on the same lines.

The petition in top court, filed, among others, by the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, has said the Centre`s move is unconstitutional. The rule, the petition said, was against freedom of "religious practice to sacrifice animals" and imposing a "ban on slaughter of animals for food violates the right to food, privacy and personal liberty guaranteed to a citizen under the Constitution".

There have been huge protests against the cattle trade rule in various states in the south and the northeast, where beef is a staple. The Chief Ministers of Bengal and Kerala have also said they were contemplating legal action against the rule. The Centre has said the intention of the rule was not to interfere with food preferences. It was framed to address the larger issue of cruelty to animals.
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