Cen­tre bans cat­tle trade for slaugh­ter

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govern­ment has no­ti­fied rules, pro­hibit­ing the sale of cat­tle, in­clud­ing buf­falo, for slaugh­ter at an­i­mal mar­kets across the coun­try. The Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (Reg­u­la­tion of Live­stock Mar­kets) Rules, 2017, en­sure that young and un­fit cat­tle can­not be traded at mar­kets and the fit ones can be sold only for agri­cul­tural pur­poses. Those buy­ing the an­i­mal must prove that they are "agri­cul­tur­ists". says the rules aim to en­sure the wel­fare of cat­tle at mar­kets and end cat­tle smug­gling. The rules have irked meat traders who say they usu­ally pro­cure cat­tle from the mar­ket. The new rules would not only jeop­ar­dise buf­falo meat ex­ports, but also crip­ple the live­stock econ­omy, which is big­ger than the food grain econ­omy in In­dia.

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