New Delhi, June 9, 2017: After special session of Kerala Assembly termed the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter as unconstitutional and passed a resolution against the same, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday quoted that the Kerala High Court’s order in the case to assert that the Centre had no attempt to stop people from the consumption of beef and food of their choice.
In an interview with The Hindu, Rajnath said “We understand the reality that there is cultural diversity in the country… You must have read what the Kerala High Court has said about the notification by the Ministry of Environment. There is no restriction on what people can eat. After the Kerala High Court’s order, there should be no element of doubt on this issue.”
He admitted that perceptions might persist that the notification banned the consumption of beef. But, he insisted, it arose out of a “misunderstanding.”
“I believe that people will gradually realise that what they have perceived is wrong. Our party is not telling anyone what to eat, what to wear. If these perceptions persist, the Environment Ministry has asked for consultations on the notification and they will go into whether there are any shortcomings and what can be done to correct them,” he said.
On June 7, the Kerala High Court has refused to stay the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 (Rules) that prohibit the sale of cattle for slaughter in the markets.
The Union Environment Ministry on May 27 modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure all kinds of cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.
As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate the animal market and prevent cruelty.
Soon after the Centre’s regulation on cattle slaughter came, in Protest against the new law beef festival was observed in several parts of Kerala and IIT Madras students were also seen celebrating a beef festival inside the campus.
After that, the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on new cattle slaughter ban.