BJP ally differs on new cattle trade, slaughter rules

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said his government will take an appropriate stand on the Centre's decision to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter after going through the new rules.

Cattle ban imposed by the BJP has brought out differences within North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) where National People's Party (NPP), a regional ally of BJP under NEDA, on Tuesday differed with the BJP on new cattle trade and slaughter rules and demanded the de-notification of the new rules.

S. Selvagomathy (45), an activist-cum-lawyer based here, had filed the PIL petition on the grounds that the statutory rules were repugnant to the parent Act itself since Section 28 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960 specifically states that it shall not be an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community.

The environment ministry has received several representations on the recent ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from animal markets, and it is in the the process of studying them.

"This had already been regulated by the first NDA Government when it framed and implemented the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001".

The Kerala government had informed the court that the Centre has intervened on an issue that comes under the state government's ambit.

The Kerala High Court on Monday asked the central government to respond to petitions challenging the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter.

Summary: The rules state that farmers can not bring cattle to the animal market unless they furnish a written declaration that the animal will not be sold for slaughter.

"Animals for slaughter are secured only through livestock markets".

The former Union minister of state for Minority Affairs said the new rules should be rolled back as only Parliament can amend the relevant act and states must be consulted before any decision in that regards as it also affects the federal functions on the subject matter.

Members of the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association (AIMLEA), which is the trade lobby group of buffalo meat exporters, said they had met the environment minister Harsh Vardhan.

She contended that the new rules offend the right to freedom of religion guaranteed under Article 25 and the protection of interests of minorities under Article 29 of the Constitution.

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