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Meghalaya High Court Orders Complete Prohibition of Displaying Animal Carcasses in Meat Shops


Prohibition of Displaying Animal Carcasses in Meghalaya

In a significant ruling, the Meghalaya High Court has directed the state government to enforce a complete prohibition on the display of animal carcasses in meat shops. The order was passed by a division bench led by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) case.


Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee emphasized the need for the state to set an example by completely prohibiting the public display of animal carcasses in meat shops. However, the judgment acknowledged that storing carcasses in refrigerators, containers, or showcases within the premises, away from public view, could be allowed.


Furthermore, the court urged the state to ensure ethical treatment of animals across all aspects, including those that are culled for human consumption and those used as farm animals. This encompasses addressing the mode and manner of transportation, among other considerations.


The judgment also highlighted the issue of hygiene, noting that meat displayed in open areas is susceptible to collecting grime and dust from the street, potentially becoming toxic even before it is sold.


The PIL was filed by the Gau Gyan Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and welfare of cows.


Additionally, the bench highlighted the petitioner's demonstration that despite the existence of central enactments and local regulations, many guidelines and norms were not being followed, and local-level committees were non-functional.


The ruling of the Meghalaya High Court serves as a significant step towards addressing the ethical treatment of animals and promoting hygienic practices in the meat industry. By prohibiting the display of animal carcasses in meat shops, the court aims to ensure a more respectful and healthier environment for both animals and consumers. The judgment reinforces the need for strict adherence to guidelines and regulations at both the state and local levels to uphold animal welfare and public health standards.

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