New Delhi, Dec 3: The Centre has rolled back the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, a report said on Sunday. The move comes in the wake of the feedback sought by the Ministry of Environment and Forests from states on the notification issued on May 23 that made changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017.
Earlier an Indian Express report had quoted an official of the Ministry as saying that a file, on the matter, has been sent to the Ministry of Law however, he did not ascertain as to how much time the process will require.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960), except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such withdrawal, the Central Government, hereby withdraws the notification number dated the 23rd May, 2017,” the government order read.
A report in the Hindustan Times claims that the Centre has also withdrawn rules, which sought to regulate fish and aquarium markets. Under these rules, aquarium owners and their establishments were required to register themselves, the report said.
Reportedly, the government notification issued on November 30 said that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Aquarium and Fish Tank Animal Shop) Rules, 2017 has been withdrawn.
The government’s decision, in May, banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter was aimed at having a “regulatory regime” on cattle trade across the country and had sparked outrage, notably in states such as Kerala, West Bengal and Meghalaya. It even resulted into many cases of harassment and assault by cow vigilantes in various parts of the country.
Date : 04 December 2017