On Tuesday, the Madras High Court granted a four-week stay on the Centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter purpose.
The High Court has asked the Centre and state government to reply in a period of four weeks over the issue. A division bench comprising Justice MV Muralidharam and Justice CV Karthikeyan passed an interim order today regarding the slaughter ban.
The Union environment ministry had earlier notified Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which bans the sale and purchase of cattle for animal slaughter.
In May earlier this month, the Centre had passed a notification seeking to regulate the sale of bovines at cattle markets. The order prohibits the sale of animals meant for slaughter. Cows, bulls, buffaloes, calves and camels are among the list of animals that are banned for sale and purchase in cattle markets. The Centre has also tightened rules for those looking to sell or purchase the animals.