Kerala govt holds special one-day cabinet to discuss Center’s slaughter ban

Kerala CM Vijayan had earlier written a strong letter to his counterparts across the country on the new Central law, which he said was a covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature under the guise of a Central Act.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 8, 2017 10:56 am
cattle slaughter, beef ban, kerala, kerala cm pinarayi vijayan Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (File)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will chair a special one-day cabinet session Thursday to discuss the Centre’s decision to implement a ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at livestock markets. The Kerala government plans to approach the Supreme Court and call for a meeting including all chief ministers to fight the ban. Vijayan said that the issue of restrictions on cattle slaughter does not fall within Parliament’s legislative powers.

“It rests with the powers of the state governments. That is why cow slaughter ban prevails in certain states and the same does not exist in other states,” he said.

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The CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala was the first to oppose the notification, holding that “it is an infringement of the state’s right and went against federal principles”. Vijayan had earlier written a strong letter to his counterparts across the country on the new Central law, which he said was a covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature under the guise of a Central Act.

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The Kerala High Court Wednesday declined to stay the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 (Rules) that ban the sale of cattle for slaughter in livestock markets.

Several other petitions were filed, including one by Congress MLA Haibi Eden, against the Centre’s cattle ban, is in front of the Kerala High Court which argue that the subject of animal markets come under the state list. The petitions say that the decision is aimed at breaking religious amity in society.

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    C Sunil
    Jun 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    For all the chamchas of Modi, go to any US consulate in this country, and see for yourself the serpentine ques weighting outside in scorching sun, to get VISA to a beef eaters country. There is a saying in India "Live and Let Live". What "Chamchas" are practicing is "Don't Live and Don't Allow to Live". This country would have been a heaven, if cattle herders of Central Asia didn't invade the finest civilization of the period, the Indus Valley, with their monkey gods & all brothers fck same girl ideology.
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      Balasubramanya
      Jun 8, 2017 at 10:55 am
      Nothing will happen if centre bans of cow for slaughter and chief minister should think of rescue of Large number of Malayalee's residing at Qutar for their safe passage to India.
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        kjingar
        Jun 8, 2017 at 10:55 am
        Misleading headline: The center never imposed ban on slaughter.
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          Madhavan S
          Jun 8, 2017 at 9:51 am
          Your head lines are misleading.Even the Kerala high court has ruled that there is no slaughter ban.The ban is on of cattle for slaughter in livestock markets only. This is aimed to prevent cruelty to animals packed them on trucks and sending them to slaughter houses in India and abroad and also to deliver a blow to illegal slaughter forming part of euphemistically called'pink revolution' in which unscrupulous exporters have raked in millions.
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            Sunder
            Jun 8, 2017 at 10:50 am
            If what you say is true, then by all means ban ng of animals in trucks beyond prescribed numbers. Ban illegal slaughter. Enforce measures to prevent international smugg . Why ban farmers' means to get a good price for animals he wants to sell ? If slaughter and eating of meat of certain animals which are under State Laws permitted to be slaughtered, is undesirable, have the guts to bring forward a law banning such slaughter. It is typical Hindutva deviousness to use the surrep ious means to do something they cannot openly achieve. The sufferers are the farmers, and to a lesser extent, the meat eaters. In fact restrictions on inter-state movement of animals is also a surrep ious move which harms farmers' interests. Markets should function without unnecessary interference.
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