Open to suggestions on cattle slaughter notification: Govt

Harsh Vardhan said, "Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 4, 2017 3:19 pm
cattle slaughter, cattle slaughter ban, cattle trade,harsh vardhan Harsh Vardhan said, “Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business.”(Express File Photo)

The government today said it is open to the suggestions made by various groups on the cattle slaughter notification and was not viewing it as a prestige issue, amid a raging row over the order. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said the intention behind the notification was not to harm any particular group, influence food habits or affect slaughter business.

“Suggestions that have been submitted will be reviewed. It is not a prestige issue for the government,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function to mark World Environment Day.

The minister was asked if these representations were being reviewed and if the government was open to considering alternative views on the issue. The row over beef eating and cattle trade has sparked a nationwide controversy and protests have been held in several states, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has described the ban as undemocratic and unconstitutional and said her government will not accept it.

On May 30, the Madras High Court had stayed for four weeks the enforcement of the contentious notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.

The order had come on a petition challenging the bar as inimical to personal liberty, people’s rights to livelihood and an encroachment into matters that are within the domain of the states.

Harsh Vardhan said, “Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business.”

After announcement of the ban under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Environment Ministry has received several representations on it asking the government to consider alternative views, he said.

The decision is expected to hit export and trade in meat and leather. The rules define cattle as a bovine animal including bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and calves and camels.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier said that the ban has nothing to do with state laws on cow slaughter and concern only with the place of sale.

Protests have been held in several parts of Tamil Nadu including Madurai, Coimbatore, Erode and Hosur. Several activists of a little known Tamil group were detained in Madurai where they had organised a beef-eating contest.

A group of students at IIT-Madras had also held ‘beef-fest’ at the campus on May 28.

The DMK has slammed the E K Palianswami government for “keeping mum” on the matter when neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka had vehemently opposed the notification.

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  1. N
    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:18 am
    The cow is a revered animal, there are supposedly 'n' number of gods residing inside a cow, a cow is probably worshipped also. Cow slaughter is rightly banned. However cal only cow as mata is wrong because children drink milk of buffalo and goats and camel also. So why are other bovines exempt from being called mata. A human mother is one who keeps the baby for nine months and then gives birth. A human mother is supposed to feed the child her milk upto the age of 2 - 2.5 yrs of the child. Beyond that is prohibited in all religions. Now the cows milk is consumed by people of all ages and milk products are made from it . So it should be inappropriate from religious point of view to call cow mata. Matas milk should be consumed by only shishus and not beyond max of 2.5 yrs. So yeh kaisi mata hai jiska doodh jawan aur bodhay pe rahe hain. So strictly speaking cow should not be called mata. Cow ki pooja hoti hai so devi bhi keh sakte hain lekin mata kahna uchhit nahi.
    1. M
      MannA S
      Jun 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm
      More restrictions >>Higher rates of corruption.
      1. S
        Jun 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm
        Anyone can feel blind paid bhakt propa a is not having any effect on poor ppl of india and they will teach a be ing lesson to sanghis illiterates in 2019 for making them fool and robbing off their hard earned money. MMS was a gentleman scholar and that's why he did not finish sanghis while in power. It was his only mistake. The new govt. in 2019 will open all cases of riots, loot and fraud against bjp rss and it will banned and all ins utions and judiciary will be free of sanghi.
        1. L
          Jun 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm
          Is milk veg or non veg? Honey? Silk? These are widely used by Hindus .
          1. R
            Ramesh Chhabra
            Jun 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm
            At least tell public what is main issue. If the main issue is Cow (national), then there are few questions- if the Cow becomes national animal, whether milking and drinking will be allowed? Before milking, milkman tight her leg, whether it will be allowed? Whether tighten leg for milking is a cruelty or not. Cows & male cows (known as 'Saanddh') can be seen grazing in open/ streets/ roads, whether this will be allowed? What will be status of male Cows?
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