Allahabad, April 5: It is difficult to understand what the Allahabad High Court thinks about ‘illegal’ trades. While UP CM Adityanath Yogi is taking vital decisions to curb all kinds of ‘illegal’ trades in his state, including illegal slaughterhouses, surprisingly, the Allahabad HC is asking the State government to think about the source of income for thousands of those who indulge in the illegal slaughterhouse business for years.
Expressing concern over the State government’s action to close the slaughterhouses, Allahabad High Court on Wednesday said that the prohibition of meat shops affects the livelihood of the people as it is the source of income for thousands. It also stated that the food habits are undisputedly connected with the right to life and livelihood.
Notably, the division bench of Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjai Harkauli was considering the writ petition filed by the retail meat shop owner at Nagar Palika, Lakhimpur, Kehri to renew his license in the backdrop of State Government action against illegal slaughter houses and meat shops.
Allahabad High Court said, “Complete prohibition of slaughter houses affects the livelihood of people and violates Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution.” The High Court also stated that such action of state government affects the private life individuals as it is a private choice of consumption.
Meanwhile, the state government clarified to the court that only illegal slaughterhouses are been shut down not all. However, the state government had also clarified on this issue before the bench contended that their intention is neither to ban the consumption of meat nor to close all slaughterhouses.
The Court expressed that “the inaction of the State Government in the past should not be a shield for imposing a state of almost prohibition.” and “Compliance of law should not end in deprivation, the cause whereof may be attributable to the inaction of the state government.”
The High Court also observed that the issues relating to the status of animals, meat whereof has to be traded, namely, bovine, goat, poultry, fish and the retailing of such other items have also to be taken into consideration to make provisions vis-a-vis the different methods and essentials for slaughtering and selling of meat of different category of animals.
The High Court also directed the state government to solve the problems of illegal slaughterhouses and asked to provide the opportunity for renewal of license. Court also slammed state government saying food is conducive to health cannot be treated as a wrong choice. Further taking on state government’s decision the court said, “Food habits in this State have flourished and are an essential part of life as an element of the secular culture.”
Notably, as soon as UP’s CM Yogi Adityanath took the charge ordered to shut all the illegal slaughterhouses as soon as possible as those illegal meat shops are violating the Municipal and Pollution control laws. The slaughtering of cows and bullocks is banned in the state under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955. After the orders, hundreds of illegal slaughterhouses have been sealed till now.