Kerala CM asks counterparts to stand together against new cattle rules

The Chelari cattle market is held every Tuesday in Malappuram district

The Chelari cattle market is held every Tuesday in Malappuram district

Vijayan on Monday wrote to other chief ministers underscoring the need for standing together and opposing the "anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular" move.

Harsha Vardhan, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, on Friday ordered that the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle was not meant for slaughter purposes. The current ban is applicable to bull, ox, buffalo and camel. The Centre should have consulted with the states and sought their opinion before coming with the notification, Vijayan said in a statement here. Until now, the Sangh Parivar has been unleashing attacks in different parts of the country over the issue of cow slaughter.

In his inaugural address, Vijayan said the new building would provide employment to over 2,500 IT professionals and generate over 7,500 indirect job opportunities.

"Crores of people in the country are slaughtering animals for food". He said meat was the primary source of protein for millions of the poor and ordinary people in the country, particularly Dalits. There must be nation-wide protest against such very bad actions. "It's a directive against the people who rear cattle, trade in cattle and people involved in the leather industry".

The agenda of the BJP's recent Bhuwaneswar party conference was "one nation, one culture and one party and the saffron party is trying to impose it through the cattle ban", he said. "This is a mad decision and it has exposed the fascist face of the Narendra Modi Government", he said. While cattle merchants in the state voiced apprehension that their business would be affected, the SFI announced a beef festival in 210 centres across Kerala. "The farmers faced heavy loss because of this because they can pay Rs.4000 to Rs.5000 for the cattle while the slaughters are ready to pay Rs. 20000", Maneka told media here adding that the government has taken a laudable decision which is in the interest of farmers.

He called for collective resistance to defend the food rights of citizens.

This just comes just two days after he wrote to the PM seeking a repeal of the notification, and also made a terse statement that "people sitting in Delhi and Nagpur can not dictate what we eat".

Vijayan and Chennithala have also said that they will also send separate letters to the Centre to officially convey their disapproval of the Centre's notification.

He also said that the new rules should have been introduced in consultation with the state governments because non-vegetarians outnumber vegetarians in states like Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal. "We will take up this issue in the cabinet meeting and don't be surprised if Kerala initiates legal steps against the new law", Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar said in Thiruvananthapuram. Over the weekend, Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswami said, "I can only respond after reading the full order". The festival was held at the IIT Madras campus to protest against the ban on sale of cattle for slaughtering.

However, the Kerala unit of BJP has welcomed the Centre's notification.

Congress leaders also came down heavily against the ban.

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