In Brishbhan Verma v. Union of India and Ors, the Delhi High Court issued notice to the Central government in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the slaughter of old bulls and buffaloes. The Centre has until March 15 to file its answer, according to a bench consisting of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh.
Brishbhan Verma’s petition, filed through counsel Prashant Shukla, contended that the prohibition on cow slaughter should be extended to bulls and buffaloes because they help with agricultural work and reproducing even after they reach a certain age.
Buffaloes and bulls, it was suggested, continue to produce dung and urine, which can be used by farmers to boost land productivity.
Verma further referenced Article 48 of the Constitution to argue that the Directive Principles of State Policy oppose the slaughter of any animal or its offspring.
The petitioner claimed that the current ban on cow slaughter discriminates against male and female cows.
If the slaughter of any individual is outlawed, then both male and females are prohibited. The plea argued that if the peacock is forbidden, then the peahen will be prohibited as well.