Supreme Court stayed the Centre’s May 26 notification, banning cattle sale in livestock markets for slaughter and religious sacrifices.
Notification for implementation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017, rules banned trading in cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The rules included buffaloes in their definition of cattle, raising concerns that they would jeopardise the buffalo meat export business as the supply chain of spent buffaloes will be disrupted.
Reason for the stay
Objections from the States about the law’s impact on livelihoods made it realise that the rules need tweaking.
Restrictions on sale in states
Twenty four states currently have in place either partial or full restrictions on sale, transport or slaughter of cows. The north-eastern states, and Kerala and West Bengal are exceptions, but the new regulations are likely to affect these states as well.
Source : The Hindu
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