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Supreme Court Moved Against Rules Allowing Seizure, Forfeiture of Livestock

03 July 2019

INDIA - The rules' existence had emboldened "anti-social elements" to take matters into their own hands and loot cattle traders, say cattle traders.

An association of cattle traders and transporters has approached the Supreme Court against rules notified in 2017, which is being used as a tool to seize and forfeit their cattle.

A Bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde ordered the government to respond to a petition by the Buffalo Traders Welfare Association, represented by advocate Sanobar Ali Qureshi, on threats faced by them. They said they were being forcibly deprived of their cattle, which are then sent to gaushalas.

The traders told the court on Tuesday that the seizure and forfeiture of their livestock, a means of livelihood for many families, was happening on the strength of the 2017 rules against animal cruelty and cattle slaughter.

Two years ago, the Centre had promised the top court that it would amend and re-notify these rules. Its notification had led to public furore. But nothing had been done so far, and the rules were being employed to seize and forfeit cattle from their rightful owners, the association said.

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Source: The Hindu

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