- The centre said it may take three months to consider various suggestions
- The ban saw protests in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala
- The BJP faced anger of its own leaders in Assam and Mizoram
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.
Days later, on a petition that alleged a violation of the basic right of a person to choose his livelihood or what he eats, the Madras High Court put the centre's rules on hold in Tamil Nadu for four weeks.
The Supreme Court's ruling today, on a petition that called the ban unfair and unconstitutional, is a reprieve for the multi-billion dollar meat and leather industries that employ millions.
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