Plea seeks urgent directions against cross-breeding
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union government to respond to a petition to restrict the import of exotic bulls to prevent cross-breeding, which has led to the depletion of indigenous cows, and immediate shutdown of unauthorised slaughter houses. A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M.R. Shah issued notice to the government on the appeal filed by Mathala Chandrapati Rao, a petitioner-in-person, who sought urgent directions from the court for the “protection of cow progeny in the country”. The Bench issued notice to over 90 respondents, including the Union, States, pollution control boards and biodiversity boards. Mr. Rao said his appeal follows the ‘failure’ of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to pass any directions despite the “shocking state of affairs” in which “Indian cows are vanishing day by day due to cross breeding and indiscriminate slaughter”. Mr. Rao said the government had not taken any steps to prevent the “depletion of indigenous cows” despite its legal liabilities to protect biodiversity and environment under the Bio Diversity Act and the Environment Protection Act.
Lens on NGT
The petition said the NGT failed to pass any positive directions despite placing on record a report from The National Commission for Cattle. The report submitted to the Centre by Justice Guman Lal Lodha “expressed serious concern on the slaughter of milking cows and calves”, the petition said. “The illegal slaughter of indigenous cows will result irreparable loss to environment, land and people,” the petition said.