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Government opens up to suggestions on cattle slaughter notification

The central government said today that it is ready to hear and incorporate suggestions on the recent notification banning sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The government also clarified that the notification is not a prestige issue, as was being claimed by various groups in recent times. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the notification never intended to change the food habits of a particular group. He also said that harming a specific group or targeting the cattle slaughter business was never on the agenda when the notification was issued.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Harsh Vardhan said, “Suggestions that have been submitted will be reviewed. It is not a prestige issue for the government. Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business.”

It may be recalled that the cattle slaughter notification has faced stiff resistance from various states, with many groups organizing beef fests in protest of the notification. The protests have been most strong in states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and West Bengal. Several political leaders from opposition parties had described the notification as undemocratic and unconstitutional.

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