Changes in cattle sale rules :-
- The Centre has modified ‘The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017‘ notified last year on the sale of livestock by removing the ‘slaughter’ word.
- It has also watered down clauses on preventing cruelty and rules for markets in border areas.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Animal Market Rules :-
- The 2017 rules have been replaced with draft rules called Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Animal Markets Rules, 2018.
- It has completely done away with the clause that banned both, the buyer and the seller, from trading cattle for slaughter.
- It has also omitted the lengthy procedure from the 2017 Rules that required the seller to attest that the cattle were not being sold for slaughter.
- It has also omitted a section that defined what constitutes cattle.
- It has retained provisions with regards to facilities to be provided for the animals such as water, feed storage and health check-ups and the markets have to maintain a detailed record of the cattle sale.
- The 2018 rules govern welfare of animals in the markets.
New Provisions :-
- The new rules provide for constitution of prevention of cruelty to animals committee which would certify new animal markets, maintain record of animal sales and ensure good living conditions in markets
- Sale of unfit and young animals, though, will still be banned. As per the new rules, young, ill, infirm, diseased, injured or fatigued animals will be considered as an unfit animal.
- Any committee which has an international border in its jurisdictional area shall ensure that no animal market in its jurisdiction is the source of transport of animals across any international border except in accordance with the Transport of Animals Rules 1978 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transport of Animals on Foot) Rules 2001