Hearing on ban on cattle trade to continue in SC

| Updated: Aug 04, 2017 11:23 IST

New Delhi [India], August 4 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the plea filed by Hyderabad-based NGO, All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, challenging the Central Government notification banning cattle trade. Earlier, the top court vacation bench, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and comprising Justice R.K. Agarwal, had issued a notice to the Center on hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Hyderabad-based NGO on the same. The petitioner NGO had moved the apex court challenging the Centre's notification that bans sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that received flak since its announcement. The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood. On May 25, the Centre, through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. Regulating animal trade is a state business, but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule. In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification. (ANI)