Modification on cattle ban to be considered


A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud put an application filed by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi for consideration on July 21.

Senior advocates V Giri and Sidharth Luthra made a mentioning of the plea contending that the HC had not stayed the rules in its entirety but only suspended the implementation of Rule 22 (b) (iii) of the Livestock Rules of 2017.

The particular provision mandated that a person who brings cattle to an animal market should furnish a written undertaking from the owner or his duly authorised agent that the cattle are not meant to be sold for purposes of slaughter.

In her plea, Maulekhi also contended that the rules made by the government can only be stayed by the apex court after hearing the concerned parties.

On July 11, the apex court passed its order by recording the Union government’s submission that it was considering various representations and objections, seeking further amendment into the notifications issued on May 23. 

‘SC should not intervene’
The government had also said the apex court should not intervene as the HC had already stayed the rules.

The government’s order had imposed a blanket ban on the sale of animals from markets for slaughter. Described as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, the regulations made it clear that the livestock (cows, bulls, buffaloes, camels and heifers) markets would be available for the trading of animals for agriculture purpose only.

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