India Supreme Court suspends cattle slaughter ban
July 11, 2017 4:48 pm
India’s Supreme Court has suspended a law that would have banned the sale of cattle for slaughter nationwide.
The government order aimed to “prevent uncontrolled and unregulated animal trade” at livestock markets.
For the first time the sale for slaughter of buffaloes and camels as well as cows, which Hindus consider holy, would have been illegal.
It would have had a major impact on the meat and leather industries and hit livelihoods, the chief justice said.
These industries are dominated by minority Muslims and the proposed law was widely opposed.
The new law had already been stayed by a lower court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on 30 May, days after it was first announced.
The top court said the Madras high court’s interim order, which lapsed on 8 July, would continue and remained in force across the country.
The government is now expected to make changes and resubmit amendments to the law by the end of August.