Government bans cow slaughter across India to stop rising vigilantism

Amid rising cow vigilantism and violence against cow traders, the central government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter, reported Hindustan Times.

In a new regulation for animal trade in the country, the government has allowed cattle trade only among farm land owners.

The report said that the first central regulation for cow protection in the name of animal welfare was notified on Thursday.

“Take an undertaking that the animals are bought for agriculture purposes and not for slaughter,” says the special section for cattle in the rule notified under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.

Last month, the Supreme Court had also issued a notice to the Centre and six states asking them to explain the increased instances of vigilantism in the name of cow protection.

Whereas, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had strongly pitched for an all-India law against cow slaughter and asked the vigilante groups to obey the law while espousing the cause of protecting the animal.

The move comes months after a Haryana’s dairy farmer Pehlu Khan succumbed to injuries after he was attacked by a cow protection group and a mob lynched two men in Assam’s Nagaon district suspecting them to be cattle thieves.

The report stated that the provision says that cattle bought cannot be resold within six months impinging the business of cow traders. Cattle can be sold only to a person having documents to prove he is an ‘agriculturist’, the rule says.

The rules, to be implemented in next three months, prescribes about 30 norms for animal welfare in markets, including water, fans, bedding, ramps, non-slippery flooring, veterinary facility and separate enclosure for sick animals.

It also involves a lot of paper work for cow traders who are mostly poor and illiterate.



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