Cattle slaughter ban: Environment and Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has defended the Centre’s move to ban the sale and purchase of animals for slaughter at cattle markets. Speaking to news agency ANI, the minister on Monday said there is no intention of the government to influence any food habits of any person and added that it is neither interested in disturbing business of slaughter in any way. “We don’t want to influence any food habits of any person, neither interested in disturbing business of slaughtering in any way”, he said. The notification has received negative reactions from various states, who have indicated that they are opposed to it. Asked about it, the minister said: “If people have any misconception, have invited further representation”.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had issued the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 on May 23. It was immediately followed by opposition from various states. In a recent development, the Meghalaya Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the notification and demanded its withdrawal. For instance, in the resolution tabled by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, the state government mentioned that it would “impact the economy of the state and the food habit of its people”, reported news agency PTI. The CM, while proposing the resolution, said that over 5.7 lakh (79%) households are currently involved in cattle-rearing and the prohibition on the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for the purpose of slaughter would affect their livelihood.
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Meanwhile, a group of people organized ‘Beef ban bashing banquet’ in Aizawl district of Mizoram to protest the Centre’s ban. A social network group called ‘Zolife’ said that the event is their way of protesting against the Centre’s attempt to “restrict” their rights to eat what they want. The group also put up placards against the notification reading “Beef Ban – Religious Arrogance, Historical ignorance and Cultural fascism. Accept our difference or expect resistance” and “for god’s sake, let’s eat beef”, said a PTI report.
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Earlier, the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had also written a letter addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. In the letter, the CM had mentioned that the Centre’s new notification on cattle trade will lead to a financial burden being imposed on farmers.