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Govt to roll back move to ban sale of cattle for slaughter

Govt to roll back move to ban sale of cattle for slaughter

After the huge nation-wide protests from farmers and various states over the cattle ban and lynching's of people over the cattle, the Apex court had suspended the imposed ban by Centre in July and now the Centre has now chose to withdraw the notification of imposed ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets said Ministry of Environment and Forests senior official. But the government is yet to decide the time-frame for the process, the Indian Express reported.

The Centre's notification in May this year drew sharp criticism for the BJP-led NDA government for allegedly attempting to impose the nationwide ban on ideological grounds.

Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka were among ther states where the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter was severally opposed.

The BJP-led NDA government was condemned and severely criticized for its nationwide impose on ban on religious grounds, an effort to make a secular country into a religious one with numerous right wing cow protection groups boldly assaulting, lynching the people from the Muslim community.

Farmers, too, opposed the move to restrict trade in markets only to animals meant for agricultural use, saying they can not directly access slaughterhouses.

The move to roll back the cattle slaughter notification was made after feedback from several states, sources further told India Today. Farmers normally bring their redundant animals to livestock markets from where traders purchase and transport the cattle to abattoirs.

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"Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business", Harsh Vardhan had also said, according to a PTI report from June 4.

The Ministry had sent two sets of letters to states - the first was soon after the Supreme Court stayed the ban - reminding them to respond.

The move follows the Centre's move to seek feedback from states to its notification prohibiting the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets through a May 23 notification.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee had termed the ban as undemocratic and unconstitutional.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had stayed the cattle slaughter rules in May, and had asked the state and central government to reply to a PIL petition filed before it. When the issue came for a hearing in the Supreme Court of India, it extended to all of India the Madrasa High Court order.