In a significant development, the Supreme Court (SC) has stayed the recent notification by the central government that had effectively banned the sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter. It may be recalled that earlier, the Madras High court had also passed a similar order. The stay ordered by the Supreme Court today will be effective for three months. This is being considered as a major setback for the NDA government, which has been trying to provide for the welfare of cattle. The central government’s aim was to reduce cruelty to animals, but now, the notification has been stayed by the Supreme Court.
During the course of the hearing in Supreme Court today, the central government presented its views, saying that it is reviewing the objections raised by various groups and communities and will take action accordingly. The center said that any changes that may be needed will be implemented by August end. The center argued that staying the cattle sale notification will not be the right thing since a similar order has already been passed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, making the notification currently ineffective. However, the Supreme Court still went ahead with its decision to stay the cattle slaughter ban notification.