‘CAN’T SAY BE VEG OR NON-VEG’: SC DISCARDS PIL TO BAN HALAL

A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Dinesh Maheshwari of Supreme Court said on Monday it cannot determine who can be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, as it junked a PIL challenging the practice of ‘halal’ for slaughter of animals for food.

They further said ‘halal’ is merely a method of slaughtering animals, and some people do ‘jhatka’ and some do ‘halal’.

“How is it a problem?” the bench asked counsel for the petitioner, the Akhand Bharat Morcha.

The bench noted that some people want to eat ‘halal’ meat and some want ‘jhatka’ meat, even as the petitioner argued that even the European Court of Justice has ruled that ‘halal’ is extremely painful and animals don’t have a voice of their own and cannot reach out to the court.

Submitting that reports say that ‘halal’ induces extreme pain and suffering on the animals, the petitioner also cited the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, saying its Section 3 makes it the duty of every person to take care of any animal and ensure its well-being.

As the petitioner also argued that the act’s Section 28 exempts the killing of an animal in any manner in pursuance of the religion of any community or for any religious rites, the bench replied that the petitioner may say that tomorrow onwards, nobody should eat meat.

“Court cannot determine who can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian,” it said.

The petitioner reiterated why there should be cruelty to animals and killing should be done in a manner, wherein some humanity is expressed towards the animals.

After a brief hearing in the matter, the bench told the petitioner that the plea is mischievous in character.

Input: Times Now

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