1. Modi government bans sale of cows, other cattle for slaughter in India: All you need to know

Modi government bans sale of cows, other cattle for slaughter in India: All you need to know

Modi government has banned the sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets across the country.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2017 4:31 PM
Representative image. (Reuters file)

The Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, has issued new rules banning the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter at animal markets across the country.

According to a gazzette notification dated May 23 by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,  cattle means a bovine animal “including bulls, bullocks, cows, buffalos, steers, heifers and calves as well as camels.

The new rules titled ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’ have put restrictions on the sale of cattle. The rules mandate the constitution of District Animal Market Monitoring Committee by the District Magistrate or Collector and Animal Market Committee at the local level in consultation with District Magistrate and the State Board for the management of animal markets in the district.

The rules say that member secretary of the Animal Market Committee shall ensure that:

a) no person shall bring to an animal market a young animal;

(b) no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent—

(i) stating the name and address of the owner of the cattle, with a copy of the photo identification proof;

(ii) giving details of the identification of the cattle;

(iii) stating that the cattle has not been brought to market for sale for slaughter;

(c) every declaration furnished to the Animal Market Committee shall be retained by it for a period of six months from the date on which it is furnished to them and the Animal Market Committee shall, on demand made by an Inspector at any reasonable time during that period, produce such declaration and allow a copy of it or an extract from it to be taken;

(d) where an animal has been sold and before its removal from the animal market, the Animal Market Committee shall—

i) obtain the expenses incurred for each animal, as approved by the District Animal Market Monitoring Committee, so as to provide the basic facilities for animals and people;

(ii) take an undertaking that the animals are bought for agriculture purposes and not for slaughter;

(iii) keep a record of name and address of the purchaser and procure his identity proof;

(iv) verify that the purchaser is an agriculturist by seeing the relevant revenue document;

(v) ensure that the purchaser of the animal gives a declaration that he shall not sell the animal up to six months from the date of purchase and shall abide by the rules relating to transport of animals made under the Act or any other law for the time being in force;

(vi) retain such record for a period of six months from the date of sale;

(vii) produce such record before an Inspector on demand being made by him at any reasonable time during that period and allow a copy of it or an extract from it to be taken;

(e) the purchaser of the cattle shall –

(i) not sell the animal for purpose of slaughter;

(ii) follow the State cattle protection or preservation laws;

(iii) not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose;

(iv) not sell the cattle to a person outside the State without the permission as per the State cattle protection or preservation laws;

(f) where a cattle has been sold and before its removal from the animal market, the proof of sale shall be issued in five copies, out of which first copy shall be handed over to purchaser, second copy to seller, third copy to tehsil office of the residence of purchaser, fourth copy to the Chief Veterinary Officer in the district of purchaser and last copy to be kept intact in the record by the Animal Market Committee.

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    Saykat Das
    Jun 3, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Very appropriate Rule to Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I thank Honorable PM Norendro modi Sir.
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      Florious
      May 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm
      unable to understand the thought process behind this, it will effect employment, Law & order, related business, farmers...... must rethink.....
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        kk
        May 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm
        So, more corruption! More profit to other big meat & vegetable sellers, through big processing & market technologies. More unemployment, including small & petty bourgeois cl and their pauperisation! Necessary for fascism, which has to be moving forward, stagnation means, time to the working class, unite & resist exploitation & inhuman living conditions and degeneration of fascism, a rotten form of capitalism!
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          Prasenjit Biswas
          May 27, 2017 at 9:42 am
          It violates fundamental rights enshrined in the Cons ution. Especially article 25 and the preamble. No rules can override Cons ution. Can the State limit individula's right to choose food? Recent High court judgement on Yogi government also made it clear.
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