New Delhi, April 25: To stop cow trafficking across the Indo-Bangla border the Centre has suggested of providing the unique identification number for cows. The technicians would visit the cows to affix the 12-digit yellow-colored tag in the center of the earlobe.
The unique ID will contain details of the cattle’s age, breed, sex, height, body color, horn type, tail switch and special marks. In the case of milch cattle, it will also have the lactation profile. This ID will take the form of a polyurethane tag.
“Registration proof must be maintained by the owner of the cattle which may be transferred to the next owner in case a legitimate sale/transfer takes place,” according to the August 2016 report of the panel that the government has just filed in the court. The expert committee was set up in response to a 2015 public interest litigation seeking the apex court’s intervention on smuggling of cows to Bangladesh from the Border States.
The recommendations were placed before a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud which listed the PIL filed by Akhil Bharat Krishi Gosewa Sangh today for passing directions by considering these recommendations.
Akhil Bharatiya Krishi Goseva Sangh, a Maharashtra-based organization, is also on the expert panel. The panel also recommended maintaining state- and national-level registries of cattle and prohibiting livestock markets within a 20km radius of the international border with Bangladesh. The unique identification system for cattle is already put to use by the National Dairy Development Board, organized cattle farms and insurance companies.
Inderjeet Singh, director at the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes in Hisar, said that polyurethane tagging is the most effective livestock identification system. “Tags are placed in both ears of the animal and a unique number is given to each based on its bodily features. It usually costs Rs10-25 per tag and is very accurate,” Singh said.