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Kerala Assembly special session underway to discuss cattle slaughter ban

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 8, 2017: The Special session of Kerala Assembly is underway on Thursday to discuss Center’s notification on sale and purchase of all kinds of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

During the one-day session, the discussion will be held on finalising the steps to be taken by the state government on the issue, which the state had termed as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principle.

The government is considering approaching the Supreme Court and bringing in a law within its ambit to prevent the implementation of the notification which it rejected saying this as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principles.

The CPI-M government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have criticised the ruling BJP dispensation at the Centre over issue.

On Wednesday, 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.

Read More: Kerala High Court refuses to block new law on cattle sale

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.

Read More: Centre modifies rules to end cattle slaughter

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.

Read More: Kerala observes ‘Beef Festival’ in protest against Centre’s slaughter ban

After that, the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on new cattle slaughter ban.

Read More: Madras HC stays Centre’s order on cattle slaughter ban

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