The Supreme Court (SC) of India dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding complete ban on the cow slaughter in India. The PIL was seeking a complete ban on cow slaughter in all statues of Indian Republic. The SC also said that it has already passed orders on measures to stop illegal inter-state transportation of cattle. The court rejected to interfere the individual state’s laws.
To challenge the ban, many beef dealers associations across Maharashtra had also filed petition.
These dealers suggested that SC allows them to slaughter of all cattle except cows whose age is more than 16 years. The dealers argued that after 16 years of age, may cattle are not utilized for any farming related activities.
The dealer’s petition challenged the validity of the Maharashtra Animals Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2015. This act bans any slaughter, possession as well as consumption and beef import in Maharashtra.
The state government banned that slaughter of bulls, bullocks and cows in March 2016 as it amended the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1976. This change of act was challenged in the Bombay High Court.
The Bombay High Court upheld the ban on slaughter. It clarified that beef possession of the animals slaughtered outside the state will not be a crime.