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Cow slaughter ban now total in MP

SUPREME COURT has dismissed all the petitions filed against the Madhya Pradesh Gau Vansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004, enacted by Madhya Pradesh in year 2004 to put a total ban on slaughter of bovine animals.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 13:52 IST

SUPREME COURT has dismissed all the petitions filed against the Madhya Pradesh Gau Vansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004, enacted by Madhya Pradesh in year 2004 to put a total ban on slaughter of bovine animals.

With this, the permission granted earlier to the petitioners to slaughter bulls and oxen of 15 years age or more has also expired. Following the decision a total ban is now imposed on the slaughter of bovine animals.

An official release said that as per Section 4 of the Act no one would slaughter any animal of bovine family or get it slaughtered or would give it to anyone for slaughtering. No one would possess the flesh of these animals so slaughtered nor would get them transported.

Anyone violating the provision would be liable to a sentence of three years or a fine of Rs 10000 or both. Madhya Pradesh enforced the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004 from March 29, 2004. Ten butchers of Jabalpur, Burhanpur and Khandwa filed two petitions against the Act on the ground that the Act adversely affected their livelihood and violated the fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Earlier, after hearing one of these petitions on December 10, 2004 the Supreme Court had directed that till a final decision on the petition the petitioners be granted permission for slaughtering un-useful bulls and oxen of 15 years age or more. This petition was filed by three butchers.