Setback for Modi govt as SC suspends ban on cattle trade for slaughter

Setback for Modi govt as SC suspends ban on cattle trade for slaughter

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a government order that had banned the trade of cattle for slaughter, giving relief to the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries that employ millions of poor workers.
In the latest blow to the meat and leather sectors, mostly run by Muslims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had in May decreed that animal markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production.
The Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jagdish Singh Khehar, said the livelihoods of people cannot be subjected to uncertainties, television networks said.
The SC said the interim direction of the Madras High Court staying the government’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter will remain in force and would cover the entire country.

 

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