After the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee’s plea on which the apex court issued notice to the Centre, one m ore petition has been filed in the apex court the May 25 Central notification, banning sale and purchase of cows and buffaloes at animal markets for slaughter.
The fresh petition on the issue filed by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) , a major Left farmers body backed by the CPI(M) said the Centre's notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter [Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017] violates fundamental rights of states and individuals, including the right to practice religion.
The AIKS has contended that the notification allegedly violates several fundamental rights of individuals and states, including right to practice religion and free movement of goods.
The notification would also hamper the economic interests and livelihood of farmers, dairy farmers, cattle traders and businessmen, the farmers' body has argued.
Referring to the recent spate of attacks on Dalits and minorities allegedly by cow protection vigilante outfits, the AIKS has said that the notification strengthens the hands of those who are leading such assaults.
“The Centre has violated so many rights while coming out with this notification. The rights to trade, freedom of movement etc. All rights are being violated. Article 25, which deals with right to practice religion, is also a fundamental right. Animals are sacrificed for religious purposes. So, mainly fundamental rights are under attack, AIKS said.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, allows only farmland owners to trade at animal markets.
The notification covers bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and calves, as well as the camel trade. They also require anyone purchasing cattle to provide an undertaking that the animals are bought for agricultural purposes and not slaughter.