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Madras HC puts 4-week stay on Centre’s ‘no cattle trade for slaughter’ notification

SNS | New Delhi |

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday put on hold the central government’s new notification banning the sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.

The division bench comprising Justices MV Muralidaran and CV Karthikeyan ordered that the notification not be implemented for four weeks, and asked the Centre to reply to its notice.

The petition, filed by two people, Selva Gomathy and Asish Ilaki Baba, challenged the constitutional validity of the new rules, under which cattle can only be used for agricultural and such purposes.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests on 25 May rolled out new rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act regarding the sale of cattle for slaughter across India. The Centre banned the sale of cows to slaughterhouses across India except for most parts of Northeast India and Kerala.

Many states across the country including Kerala, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh have criticised the notification.