New Delhi, May 28: The Centre passed a regulation that completely bans sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets across India. As per the new regulation, cattle can be sold only to a person who has documents to prove that he/she is an 'agriculturist', and that 'young' and 'unfit animals' mustn't be sold.
Environment Ministry in a release said the prime focus of the regulation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules, 2017 is to protect the animals from cruelty and not to regulate the existing trade in cattle for slaughter houses.
The basic purpose of the rule is to ensure welfare of the animals in the cattle market and ensure adequate facilities for housing, feeding, feed storage area, water supply, enclosures for sick animals, veterinary care and proper drainage, government added.
The Ministry said, it is envisaged that welfare of cattle dealt in the market will be ensured and only healthy animals are traded for agriculture purposes for the benefits of the farmers. The livestock markets are intended to become hubs for trade of animals for agriculture through this process and animal for slaughter will have to be bought from the farmers at the farms.
Environment Ministry further said the notified rules will remove the scope of illegal sale and smuggling of the cattle which is a major concern. The Animal Welfare Board of India prepared the draft rules incorporating all the suggestions made by the Supreme Court. 13 representations were received regarding the aforesaid rules. They were duly examined and incorporated, wherever found suitable. The rules were finally notified on 23rd May, 2017.
However, After the Centre declared a ban on cow slaughter & tightened norms on cattle trade, the Janata Dal (United) has made a bizarre demand. "I appeal to the Centre that if they have so much love for cows then they should declare cow as the national animal," Neeraj Kumar a senior JD(U) leader said. Well, must see if the Bengal Tiger will step down and make way for the Cow to step in.