Ban on sale of cattle at markets for slaughter: Citing federalism, West Bengal, Kerala object to Centre’s order

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan as well as West Bengal CM Mamata Banjeree opposed the ban and appealed to his counterparts in other states to object to the “covert attempt to usurp powers of the state legislature in guise of rules under a Central Act.”

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram/kolkata | Updated: May 30, 2017 9:28 am
Mamata Banerjee, Pinarayi Vijayan, cattle slaughter ban, india news Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (l) and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Defying the Centre’s decision to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that her government would “not accept this order” and would “challenge it legally and constitutionally”. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also opposed the ban and appealed to his counterparts in all other states to object to the “covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature in the guise of rules under a Central Act.” Banerjee called it a “deliberate attempt to encroach on the state’s powers”. “It is absolutely unconstitutional, undemocratic and unethical. It is also an attempt to destroy the federal structure of the country. We are not accepting the ban. We will challenge it legally. We will consult the state’s Advocate General.

I will request the Centre not to interfere with the state’s matter and not to destroy the federal structure,” she said. “They (Centre) are an elected government and they have their jurisdiction. The state government is also an elected government and it has its jurisdiction. I am sorry to say that nowadays, the Centre is directly encroaching on the state’s powers… to destroy the federal structure, and bulldozing the states unnecessarily,” she said. “The law is very clear… but still the decision is being forced down our throats. We will not accept that. We will challenge it legally and constitutionally, for interference in state power. We are not bound to abide by the Centre’s decision. This is a subject on the concurrent list,” said Banerjee.

Referring to recent incidents when dairy farmers were targeted while transporting cows, she said: “How will you distinguish between a cow to be used for farming and a cow being taken for slaughter?” Banerjee also questioned the timing of the notification. “Why did they choose the month of Ramzan to announce this decision? Who are they to decide who will eat what, and who will wear what? They have no right to tape people’s mouth. It is time to tape the mouths of those who made this law because they are not abiding by the Constitution. Stay within your limit… don’t cross your limit,” said Banerjee.

Meanwhile, in a letter sent to other chief ministers on Monday, Vijayan said, “Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move, it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal, democratic fabric and secular culture of our country. I would, therefore, fervently appeal to you to convey your objection to the 2017 Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, to the Prime Minister and to request him to withdraw the Rules introduced without any consultation with the states’’.

Stating that the “subjects covered under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 fall under the State List in the Constitution, he said: “This encroachment into the domain of the state legislature is a clear violation of the spirit of federalism. It is nothing but a covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature in the guise of rules under a Central Act.’’

He said the Rules impose unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to carry on any trade or occupation under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution. They also violate the basic right of a person to freedom of choice regarding his food, he said. Last week, the Environment Ministry notified the Regulation of Livestock Market Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. According to these Rules, “…no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent… stating that the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

Another provision states that “…where an animal has been sold and before its removal from the animal market, the Animal Market Committee (to be formed in every district) shall… take an undertaking that the animals are brought for agriculture purposes and not for slaughter”. The rules also require the Animal Market Committee to ensure that the buyer of cattle does not further sell the animals for slaughter.

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    shaji
    May 31, 2017 at 3:24 am
    The uncensored media coverage & talk shows are misleading the public and creating panic. Local goons of all parties are taking advantage and going beserk. The party leaders have to act sensibly and talk sensibly.They should control their followers/members. India is a democratic, secular and a future power centre of the world. please dont mess it up with senseless ideologies.
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      C Sunil
      May 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm
      OK , Send the children to USA, to suck their beefy Dck , then support beef ban, with "Logical Arguments". "Mera Bharat Mahan He"
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        George Cruz
        May 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm
        This cow slaughter is a blessing in disguise for the majority of the Tamils are Hindus who are vegetarians. The studies shown time and time again that the consumption of dirty/unhygienic beef are the causes of the major diseases like the cancer, diabetes, kidneys, and severe heart conditions. Unfortunately the large amounts of dirty/unhygienic beef is consumed by the Muslims, Christians, and that includes converted Christian Dalits (got converted within the last decade just for a bag of rice) by the foreign organizations with vested interests. The truth is that the cow slaughter was banned in India by the congress party in 1960s.
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          shaji
          May 31, 2017 at 3:29 am
          Cow slaughter is banned in most parts of India. We are talking about "other" than cow meat here. Also, majority of India & Tamil Nadu is non- vegetarian!!! Please read the article to understand what is being discussed here.
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          Dalit
          May 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm
          Mody is gone begging from cow meat eater Merkel. Hopefully he will convince her to swich to gobar-burgers and cow-pee-cola. Then she will never develope cancer or anyother disease and she will live forever like rrs bannars.
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            sudhir
            Jun 9, 2017 at 11:11 am
            allow beef in INDIA and simultaneously remove all kinds of reservations and freebies in INDIA DIA is a democracy with equal rights to all . reservations should be only for physically handicapped and aged
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            Dash
            May 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm
            Believers of Abrahamic faiths used to slaughter cows to show supremacy of their religions & mock Hindus. It hasn't stopped. KP Padmanabha Menon mentions Tipu's forcible conversion of Hindus to islam using beef. Caught Nairs were forced to consume rice & beef. Ramachandra Rao Punganuri mentions how Tipu slew cows in the temple of Valiparamba & desecrated it. Hindus were horrified by it. In August 1788,Trichera Thiruppad, a chieftain of Nilamboor & any other Hindu nobles were forcibly cir cised and forced to eat beef. Ramachandra Rao Punganuri lists letter in March 1789,all the men made prisoners, who are to be fed on rice & beef and then cir cised. The next day, accordingly,males were cir cised,while both es were compelled to eat beef, as a proof of their conversion. Kuttipuram Nairs were forced to eat beef & convert. Portugese terrorised Hindus in Kerala by kil cows.Kerala beef heroes,how do you explain your ancestors wil ness to die for cows above & refusal to eat beef
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              TRP
              May 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm
              That is why we have a modern system of government now called `Demo cracy' - heard of that? Yup Chieft ains and Ki ngs are no longer ru bro, and, their whims and fancies no longer apply. We have elected representatives of educated men/women with balanced views and some standing in society who are (supposed) to swear allegiance to the Cou ntry & Consti tution (which is formulated for common good)! You know what a society with educated, balanced trustworthy people look like - yup, you go there to earn your bread (& butter) and send your children for higher studies, even a better life! You have some of it in Ke rala, don't destroy it through your (saffor onic) jaundiced views.
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                George
                May 30, 2017 at 9:29 pm
                Please go and read the Vedas. Slaughtering cows and beef eating were common among Hindus of the ancient period. The BJP wants to whip up communal passion more than teach people their religion and its principles. The adage now is: yatha raja tatha praja. I don't like beef; so no one should eat it.
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                  sudhir
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 11:07 am
                  when u expect respect for your religion and your way of life , we expect you to do the same in a land of democracy , you destroy all the cattle , v destroy all your churches . does it work that way? v respect your way of life and expect the same from you . for us cow is god a divine mother .
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                Chirayu
                May 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                Jo log gau maas khana chahte hai , kya wo bharat ke khilaaf sazishe karna band karenge? Kya wo afzal Guru aur yakub ka support karna band karenge? Kya kashmir me jawano pe patthar marna band karenge? Kya wo dharmik jagaho par bharat ke khilaaf baat karna band karenge?Kya wo kashmiri pandito ko maarne waalo ke khilaaf baat karenge?Kya wo dharm guru jisne modi ke khilaaf aur sonu nigam , tarek ke khilaaf supaari di , unko saza denge? Kya jnu ke omar our kanaiyya ke khilaaf bolenge? Kya wo bharatiyo ki bhavnao ko yu hi maarte rahenge??Kerala me rss waalo ka khun karte rahenge? Bengal me begunaaho ko shahar se baahaar bhagaate rahenge kya??
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                  indian man
                  May 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                  Are you Modi ji ??
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                  chitta
                  May 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                  A message to Muslim brothers. Just increase in p@pulation and gain majority. Then make your own Govt and own rules. These Hindus won't be able to do anything.
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                    George Cruz
                    May 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm
                    Convert India into an Islamic Caliphate with millions of useless mass, terror prone/brainwashed illiterate (or madrassa schooled) Muslims, and turn India into another Somalia.
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                    Raju
                    May 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm
                    Human rights (eating habit etc) threading BJP rule in India. Country Communalizing Hindu Hardliners like radical ISIS and religious extremists. RSS try to make uncivilized evil radical religious bondage society in India. We fight against British rule and we got freedom. Same way all have to fight against these evildoers. The replacement of ador action of the living God by worship of created things falsifies the relationships between individuals and brings with it various kinds of oppression. Culpable ignorance of God unleashes the passions, which are causes of imbalance and conflicts in the human heart. From this there inevitably come disorders which affect the sphere of the family and society. We Function Best Eating Both Plants and Animals Throughout evolution, humans and pre-humans have been eating meat (1, 2). Our digestive systems are well equipped to make full use of the fats, proteins and nutrients found in animal foods.
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