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Ban on cattle sale not linked to state laws, says Arun Jaitley

Newspatrolling: Brushing aside the protests by various states regarding the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today that the ban has nothing to do with respective state legislations on animal slaughtering. Jaitley said that the sole purpose of the notification is to ensure that animal markets are available for farmers and not for traders who may buy/sell cattle for slaughter. It may be recalled that the ban on cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets was notified last week by the Environment Ministry. The notification pertains to the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Jaitley said that there is no change in the existing laws and the notification is no way linked to state legislations in relation to slaughter of cattle. “Every state has its own legislation or no legislation (with regard to slaughter of cattle). You have provision in the Constitution Article 48 (Directive Principles) which says that certain category of animals have to be protected,” Jaitley said. Experts pointed out that cow slaughter, as mentioned in Article 48 of the constitution, is not an enforceable article, however, it is mandated under the Directive Principles of State Policy that states should make their own laws to ban cow slaughter.

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