Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Supreme Court Seeks Center’s Explanation On Ban Of Cattle For Slaughter

The ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter has been put on hold by the Supreme Court asking for explanation from the government.

The Apex Court said the ban issued by the ruling party is unconstitutional and it also violated right to food, privacy and personal liberty of Indian citizens. The hearing date is July 11 and centre has to file response within two weeks.

Challenging the May 26 notification, Lawyer Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi said it is against the freedom of religious practice and violated right to food too apart from right to privacy and personal liberty that has been guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

Supreme Court Seeks Center's Explanation On Ban Of Cattle For Slaughter

According to Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960, Section 28 killing an animal in a manner required by the religion of any community is not an offence.

The Environment Ministry notification has triggered widespread opposition and concerns have been raised over the economic burden on cattle farmers and traders too.

Data reveals India exported $4 million worth of meat in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Union Environment and Science Minister Harsh Vardhan said the order is being re-examined to clear confusions.

He added, “The Supreme Court said what we have been saying for very long. In the days to come, we will give an answer to all of this.”

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