Cattle slaughter ban: Supporting the notice issued by the Central Environment Ministry in controlling the sale of cattle, Kerala High Court on Wednesday said the ban is only on large-scale sale, reported news agency ANI. As per the agency, the Kerala HC said there is a ban on cattle slaughter or consumption of meat as the bill only bans the large-scale sale of cattle through big markets. Earlier in the day, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a press conference and said he will hold a meeting of all the chief ministers to discuss the issue. “We want to call a meeting of all chief ministers to discuss the issue relating to the ban,” Vijayan told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.
Earlier, he had also written a letter to his counterparts for the same. “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,” Vijayan had written in that letter, reported PTI.
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“I am sure that you are already conversant with the Notification containing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 23rd May, 2017. The Rules impose a number of restriction on cattle trade which would have serious repercussions on the livelihood of millions of people, especially those in the agricultural sector, in our country,” the letter read.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury also questioned the government on the decision. “It is not mandatory to follow every notification which comes from Centre as this matter is a state issue. So after this amendment, does the government decide as to what we should eat and what not? We want this government to look into other serious matters concerning the country not this,” Yechury told ANI.