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Cattle slaughter ban: SC upholds Madras High Court’s stay on Centre’s notification

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New Delhi: The government’s rules banning the trade of cattle for slaughter will be suspended across the country until changes are made, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, backing a Madras High Court order for Tamil Nadu.

The centre told the court that it could take at least three months to consider “various suggestions” and criticism.

On May 23, the Centre had issued new rules banning the sales of cattle for slaughter.

In May, the centre issued an order banning the slaughter of cattle sold in animal markets and said such animals could only be used for agricultural purposes like ploughing and dairy production. Cattle for slaughter would have to be bought from farmers directly, the order said.

Earlier, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had stayed the Centre’s notification on cattle slaughter ban while the Kerala High Court refused to order a stay on it.

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