Through the new notification, introduced last week, the Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare has banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
As per the notification, the member secretary of an animal market committee will have to ensure that no person brings a young animal to the animal market. It states: “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 – stating the name and address of the owner of the cattle, with a copy of the photo identification proof and giving details of the identification of the cattle and stating that the cattle has not been brought to market for sale for slaughter.”
The government said the move was aimed at preventing cruelty against animals.
The rules were first put forward in January of this year, with a consultation that received 13 submissions.
Despite this, Fauzan Alavi, spokesperson for the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association, said the government should have discussed the issue with the industry properly. “They should have given a window period to take necessary action. The meat industry in India is growing at an annual rate of 5% on its own. Any such move is bound to hit the industry.”
Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, told the Economic Times: “We will be speaking to farmers and will address any issue they have after this notification. Our government and ministry is there for farmers’ welfare.”