Cattle slaughter ban: The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on the sale of cattle for slaughter, ANI reported. The court also directed the state and central government to file a reply within 4 weeks. Recently, Union environment ministry notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
Following the Central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, a number of leaders registered their protest over the decision, and openly criticised the ruling dispensation. Among the firsts to do so was Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The CM took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the development and he stated that he has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same. In his Facebook post, Vijayan said that he has indicated that the Centre should foster the spirit of the federalism, as mentioned in the Constitution.
Vijayan pointed out that Narendra Modi-led Central Government should first take states into confidence before announcing decisions that impact the people there. Vijayan said that across the country, Dalits and economically weakest sections of the society rely on meat as a major portion of their daily diet.
Later, using strong words to hit out at the Centre, CM Pinarayi Vijayan stated, “Those in Delhi or Nagpur need not try to control the food habits of Malayalis in Kerala.” CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also criticised the order. Speaking to ANI, Yechury called the Centre’s prohibitory law ‘absurd’ and cited inclusion of buffalo as the reason. He said that by issuing this order, the government is being unfair with India’s ‘anndaata’ (farmers).