Will look at issues raised by states on ban: Naidu
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.