15th October, 2018

Cattle ban amendment underway, no rollback on ban

In a move to revive the livestock economy, the government is planning to amend its earlier order that banned cattle trade for slaughter. The cattle trade ban threatened the meat industry in the country and hurt the livestock economy.

The Union Environment Ministry is reported to have approached the law ministry and sought suggestions on amending the notification issued earlier in May this year.Ministry officials, however, denied that the government was proposing to roll back the order which made it mandatory that cattle are not bought or sold for slaughtering in the animal market.

The environment ministry on May 26 this year modified the rules to prevent cruelty to animals that ensured that cattle are not bought or sold for slaughtering in the animal market.The animals that cannot be bought or sold for slaughter through cattle markets includes cows, bulls, buffaloes, heifers, calves and camels. 

However, a day after notifying the modifications, the ministry clarified that the animals for the purpose of slaughtering can be procured directly from the farmers at their farms but not brought to the market. The ministry clarified that the aim was to regulate the animal market and prevent cruelty to animals. The modification was made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017.

To ensure the implementation of rules undertakings were to be taken in the market at the district level and local level at “District Animal Market Monitoring Committee” and the “Animal Market Committee” respectively.

Weird protests

The ban created widespread protests against the new norms in various states, especially Kerala. Youth Congress activists slashed the head of an ox during one such protest in May.

The state’s ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist held over 300 “beef festivals” across Kerala where cooked beef was freely served.

Beef ban is not banned in Indian state of Kerala.