India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a government ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter.
The new law, which was announced in May by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal government, had placed a nationwide ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, allowing cattle trade only for plowing and dairy production.
The officials had cited animal cruelty and unregulated animal trade as reasons behind the ban, while critics believed the ban to be “unconstitutional” as it endangered the livelihood of millions of Indians employed in the cattle-related industries.
The apex court’s suspension of the ban gives relief to the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industry. India’s bovine industry is one of the largest in the world and employs millions of people.