Judges have suspended the Indian government's beef ban. Photo: iStock

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a government order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter, according to media reports.

Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud extended to the entire nation the Madras High Court order that put on hold the central government’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, the Hindustan Times reported.

In response, the government told the apex court it would be re-notifying the rules after considering objections from the stakeholders.

On May 25, the government said that animal markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production, thereby imposing a ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter. This move greatly impacted the beef and leather industries, which employ many poor people.

The move has had a tremendous impact on the beef and leather industries, which employ many poor people. There have since been protests against the policy across the country.

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