new delhi - The Supreme Court in India has swept a general ban on the trade in cows for slaughtering the table. The government of Narendra Modi had introduced the ban in May. Earlier, a lower court already ruled that the ban was in violation of the rights of the people to decide freely about their food supply.
A majority of India's population is Hindu and in their religion the cow is a sacred animal. In most Länder, slaughter of cows is prohibited. The trade took place in May. Cattle could only be traded when it came to dairy cows.
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The governments of states where predominantly Muslims live and cows are consumed had already ignored the ban.