Ban on sale of cattle for slaughter goes

April 10, 2018 10:27 pm | Updated April 11, 2018 01:31 am IST - NEW DELHI

Cattle traders assemble at a monthly market near Mundakayam in Kerala’s Kottayam district. File

Cattle traders assemble at a monthly market near Mundakayam in Kerala’s Kottayam district. File

There are no restrictions on the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, according to fresh draft rules brought in by the Environment Ministry.

Last May, the Centre had banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across the country.

According to the latest notification. a new set of rules, called the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Animal Markets Rules, 2018, is proposed “in supersession” of the earlier notification.

Public feedback

These norms will be available for public feedback for 30 days after which it will become law. They mandate every district to have in place a ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals committee’ that has to ensure that animals in animal markets are not subjected to “unnecessary suffering and pain.”

Moreover, it would have to ensure that the sale of animals was properly registered and that these markets had adequate facilities.

The committee has to ensure that animal markets located near international borders were not used as hubs for cross-border transport, unless they complied with a separate set of rules.

There were, however, no restrictions on the location of such markets as opposed to earlier rules which said they could not be located within 50 km of an international and 25 km of a State border.

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