New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Friday deferred till February 2019 the hearings on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on export of meat from the country.
The petition, filed in the Supreme Court by Healthy, Wealthy, Ethical, World Guide India Trust, submitted that killing of living creatures and making profit out of it is a “cruel, loathsome, barbaric and unconstitutional” policy.
Therefore, the organisation said, the state should not promote, encourage or support meat trade for the purpose of both export and local consumption.
The petition filed through advocate R Chandrachud further stated that Centre, state governments or their agencies should immediately stop the production, sale or dealing in raw leather other related ancillary products for exports or domestic trade.
The petitioner also sought direction to the governments to close down all the slaughterhouses.
Responding to the petition the SC bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta opined that it "can't pass an order that everyone should become vegetarian" and adjourned the matter for hearing till February next year.
The center and various state governments in the country have banned consumption of beef. In states like Uttar Pradesh soon after coming to power ruling BJP ran a massive crackdown against slaughterhouses.
On one hand the BJP and its affiliates advocate the ban on slaughterhouses and consumption of beef locally, in states like Goa and North East where it is in power alone or with allies make sure that there is no shortage of meat in these states.
Similarly, meat exports from India has dramatically increased ever since the BJP came to power in New Delhi.
Interestingly, in the run up to the 2014 General Elections, Prime Minister Modi in reply to a question had said his government will not ban meat export as "some of his friends are also associated" with the trade.
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