KALABURAGI/BENGALURU: “It is not binding on the State to implement the Centre’s curbs on sale of cattle for slaughter as it is a State subject,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday. On Friday, the Centre had issued a notification — ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets)Rules-2017’ — banning the sale of cattle in animal markets for slaughter.
Siddaramaiah was speaking to the media before the inauguration of the modernised Kidwai Peripheral Cancer Centre in Kalaburagi. He, however, said that the state government would first examine the Centre’s notification and then take a call.
Earlier in the day too, in Bengaluru, he had said that they would have to examine the order first.
Khasim Ejaz Ahmed Kureshi, president, Karnataka Beef and Poultry Market Association, said in Bengaluru that they plan to meet Siddaramaiah on the Centre’s notification on Sunday and later think about the next step. He said that more than 10 lakh have been employed in this industry.
When Congress came to power in 2013 in Karnataka, it reversed the BJP government’s amendment to the 1964 Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act passed by both the Houses making punishment for cattle slaughter more stringent. Siddaramaiah had then protested the legislation saying it would affect the livelihood of people engaged in cattle transportation and impact those who ate beef. The amendment, however, did not receive Presidential assent.