The bench took note of the Centre’s statement that it was reconsidering the cattle trade notification by taking into account various objections.
The notification has created apprehensions in the minds of Goans, who fear that the government wants to turn everyone vegetarian, state agriculture minister Vijai Parsai said.
The Centre has been asked to respond to two separate petitions challenging the notification banning cattle trade for slaughter.
In 45ºC heat, farmers are walking from market to market to sell their cattle but others are reluctant to buy, knowing it will be difficult to get rid of them later.
Does the Centre have the power to make rules prohibiting the slaughter of animals for food and religious sacrifice, or on their sale for these purposes?
The state BJP leader Bernard Marak said that the party would instead regulate the price of beef and other meats to make it more affordable for the poor.
The attack that killed Pehlu Khan and injured other Muslim cattle traders has left a community angry, helpless and wanting to give up the trade.
For a community that trades in oxen, the rise in cow vigilantism has meant a loss of livelihood. Continued apathy from the state hasn’t helped.