Centre considering representations on cow slaughter rules, no decision yet

30 May 2017 | Written by Gogona Saikia; Edited by Shikha Chaudhry
New cow slaughter rules being reconsidered

The environment ministry is considering feedback on its new cow slaughter rules that were notified under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

After the Centre banned the trade of cattle for slaughter, it is now considering if buffalos are to be excluded from the new laws.

"We are studying (representations). As of now, no decision has been taken," a ministry official said.

In context: New cow slaughter rules being reconsidered

RulesCentre bans sale of cattle for slaughter across India

On May 26, the Centre banned sale of cattle for slaughter. Trade of the animal will only be allowed for farm land owners.

According to the new rules, cattle cannot be resold within six months.

Animal markets will need official approval; they cannot be set up near international or state borders.

Buyers and sellers will have to produce documents to prove they are "agriculturist".

ProtestSeveral quarters object to new cattle slaughter rules

The Centre's decision to ban sale of cattle for slaughter was slammed by various quarters, including the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association, who claimed it will hit farmers' livelihood.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to PM Narendra Modi urging him to reconsider. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee rejected them outright.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where cow slaughter isn't banned, saw many protests.

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30 May 2017Centre considering representations on cow slaughter rules, no decision yet

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