Centre scrapped its notification on the sale of animals
THE CENTRE HAS finally scrapped its notification on a ban on the sale of animals
for slaughter in livestock markets and come out with new draft rules doing
away with the clause on “restrictions on the sale of cattle”. This means cattle,
including cows, can be sold in animal markets, even for slaughter wherever it is
The notification was soon followed by a realisation in the government that
the rules will make even transport of cattle more difficult and end up displeasing
agriculturalists and dairy farmers. But it has taken the environment ministry
close to a year to finally delete the problematic clause. The regulation on
livestock market under the May 2017 rules was opposed by States where beef
is not banned even as it caused discomfort elsewhere.
Though the environment ministry clarified that the notification was not about a ban on slaughter as animals could
still be procured for this purpose directly from farms, the matter reached various high courts and was seen to be clearly
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had stayed the notification on livestock market rules. The
Supreme Court then stayed the rules in July last year. Such regulations, however, have now been removed from the
new draft, which will be notified as ‘rules’ after analyzing stakeholders’ comments later this month.
Though the draft deals with the cruelty aspect of animal sales and specifies ‘prohibited practices’, including
certain ‘do’s and don’ts’, it dilutes many provisions that were there in the May 23, 2017 rules for not only regulating
livestock markets but introducing best practices to minimise cruelty and trace sources of procuring animals to weed out
The environment ministry had last year notified the rules with the aim of regulating animal markets and addressing
the cross-border smuggling of cattle.