Supreme Court rejects petition seeking complete ban on cow slaughter

During the last week, the Apex court had stayed the July 2016 judgment of the Himachal Pradesh high court, which directed the Centre to enact a law prohibiting cow slaughter.

Supreme Court rejects petition seeking complete ban on cow slaughter

The Supreme Court of India on Friday rejected a plea seeking the complete ban on cow slaughter in all states across India.

According to ANI, the Supreme Court has said that it had already passed orders on measures to stop the illegal interstate transportation of cattle. This move came after at least 36 bodies of beef dealers from Maharashtra approached the Apex Court challenging the ban.

During the last week, the Apex court had stayed the July 2016 judgment of the Himachal Pradesh high court, which directed the Centre to enact a law prohibiting cow slaughter.


Terming cow slaughter as a policy matter and the “issue is beyond the domain of judicial decision”, the Delhi High Court had refused to entertain a petition seeking enactment of a law prohibiting cow slaughter in December 2015.

During last August, Bombay High Court had struck down two sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which criminalised possession of beef, the meat of animals slaughtered outside the state, but the court had upheld the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks in the state.

Cow slaughter has become a political tool for BJP, especially when the elections approach, to polarise the votes in favour of the party.