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The Union gov­ern­ment has banned sale of cat­tle for slaugh­ter in an­i­mal mar­kets. The new rules re­quire the owner and buyer of cat­tle to sub­mit a writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion that the cat­tle will not be slaugh­tered

A gov­ern­ment mon­i­tor­ing team will keep records of the sale of an­i­mals to en­sure they are not resold within six months of pur­chase. They will also keep ID records of the buyer, seller and an­i­mal

The rules de­fine ‘cat­tle’ to mean “cow, calf, bull, bul­lock, buf­falo, heifer, steer and camel”

The rules ap­ply to the whole of In­dia, ex­cept the state of Jammu and Kash­mir

Mar­ket­place means a place where an­i­mals are brought from other places for sale or auc­tion. It in­cludes an­i­mal fairs, or ar­eas ad­join­ing a mar­ket or a slaugh­ter­house. An­i­mals for slaugh­ter will have to be bought from farm­ers di­rectly

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