Will look at is­sues raised by states on ban: Naidu

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

no­ti­fied the govern­ment about the strin­gent Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (Reg­u­la­tion of Live­stock Mar­kets) Rules, 2017 un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Act, ban­ning the sale and pur­chase of cat­tle from an­i­mal mar­kets for slaugh­ter.

The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to hit ex­port and trade of meat and leather. The rules de­fine cat­tle as a bovine an­i­mal, in­clud­ing bulls, bul­locks, cows, buf­faloes, steers, heifers and calves and camels.

The new rules also pro­hibit es­tab­lish­ment of an an­i­mal mar­ket in a place which is sit­u­ated within 25 km from any state bor­der and within 50 km from any in­ter­na­tional bor­der.

Mean­while, of­fi­cials in the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry have said they have re­ceived sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tions on the ban on sale and pur­chase of cat­tle for slaugh­ter and are in the process of study­ing them.

Var­i­ous bod­ies and po­lit­i­cal par­ties have re­acted sharply to the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion, say­ing it is an “il­lad­vised” move which will widen the “ter­ror­ism” by cow vig­i­lantes.

Ker­ala Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan had asked whether the Cen­tre would ban the con­sump­tion of fish to­mor­row and had sug­gested ex­plor­ing le­gal op­tions.

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