Madras High Court stays Centre’s order on cattle slaughter

Ban on cattle slaughter: The Madurai bench of the high court sought responses from the state government and Government of India on the issue. On May 23, the Centre passed a notification seeking to regulate the sale of bovines at cattle markets.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 5:22 pm
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The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on the Centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle meant for slaughter. The Madurai bench of the high court sought responses from the state government and Government of India on the issue. In response to a PIL filed at the high court, a interim order was passed today by a division bench comprising Justice M V Muralidharan and Justice CV Karthikeyan.

On May 23, the Centre passed a notification seeking to regulate the sale of bovines at cattle markets. The order prohibited the sale of animals meant for slaughter. Cows, bulls, buffaloes, calves and camels are among the list of animals that are banned for sale at the cattle markets. The Centre has also tightened the rules for those looking to sell or purchase the animals.

The Centre’s move evoked strong reactions from politicians across the country, particularly in Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Beef Fests have been organised around the country in protest against the Centre’s decision. In Kerala, Youth Congress Workers and organisations associated with the Left took out protest marches against the government. Beef was cooked and freely distributed to the public at many places. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan strongly opposed the ban and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw it. He said the ban could adversely affect the lives of millions of people.

In Tamil Nadu, students organised Beef Fest at IIT-Madras. Acting DMK president M K Stalin will be leading a public protest on Wednesday in Chennai, demanding the Centre to revoke the notification.

West Bengal also saw similar protests against the Centre, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee training her guns against the Centre.

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    N.Shekar
    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:07 am
    Cows should be made the National animal.
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      Badruddin Mitha
      May 31, 2017 at 11:55 pm
      a demand may come forward to declare Pig as India's national animal. I shall endorse it. with all vigour and strength
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        Vijay
        May 31, 2017 at 5:38 am
        The fact is Cow is "holy" only in BJP election manifestoes. Ground realities are very different. Once the cow becomes old and does not give milk, it is abandoned and left to feed on city / town filth. Even in some cities - Faridabad for example, where I have seen it personally - residents of Fatehpur Chadila ( Gujjars and BJP supporters) keep the cows, but never feed them. In the morning after milking them, cows are herded to near by township to feed on city waste. Because of the over enthusiasm of "cow rakshaks" will certainly hit BJP in 2019. The foreign breed of cows with flat shoulder should be taken out of the "holy tag". It has already done with Nilgai which was considered as belonging to cow family, but later was tagged only an animal and not a cow. Only the Indian breeds with humped shoulder should be considered as "holy", and their slaughter should be banned. India is a widely diversified country. BJP will find it difficult to justify the blanket ban.
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            M
            May 31, 2017 at 2:15 am
            Stop kil , try to appreciate the life that gives you milk and spare the life of an innocent!! Why the people are so obsessed with kil , eating and enjoying the cattle?? There are many other carnivorous if you are so addicted on eating animals - spare herbivorous animals like cows at least, they are not harming you and they are important to obtain milk?? Don't you get it!!
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            1. আব্দুছ ছবুৰ আহমেদ
              Jun 1, 2017 at 12:29 am
              মাইকী গৰু বিলাকে গাখীৰ দিলে ভাল কথা কিন্তু মতা গৰু বিলাকক কি কৰিব ? ।
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              stranger
              May 31, 2017 at 1:51 am
              a la "justice" karnan. cruel people needn't rejoice. ban will be lifted by SC or HC itself. there is absolutely no cons utional issue with this animal welfare order.
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                Sarma
                May 31, 2017 at 12:47 am
                There is no indication the Union was represented in what appears to be an ex-parte stay. There are important SC judgements which prohibit ex-parte stay orders against the State. If my memory is right these are based on the specific provision of an Article. This is disturbing. Like the image of Dharma as the cow propped up on three legs in Kaliyuga India has already partially lost its credibility as a Rule of Law State after the judgement on the Judicial Appointments Commission upholding a collegium which is nowhere mentioned in the Cons ution against an Amendment which was made as per the letter and spirit of the Cons ution. After that judgement the legal system has become the Hindi proverb Jiski Latti Uski Bhains. We have already had one Judge - Karnam - showing the people the wisdom that the Collegium is capable of. I hope the struggle of the people for the right to their juridical rights does not become more arduous than that for independence from the Moghals and the British
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                  chitta
                  May 30, 2017 at 11:52 pm
                  Hindu afraid of Muslim.
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