However, there's no blanket ban. "There're criteria on how to kill animals, but no one follows." For example, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules and food safety standards, animals must only be slaughtered at registered abattoirs, which is rarely the case in religious settings.
'If they impose provisions, every action will be an offense'
Some have slammed the move. "The context of this campaign is that it is directed at communities that have this as part of their tradition, especially the Muslim community," said Harsh Mander, director, Centre for Equity Studies.
Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi, president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, is also critical.