The Environment Ministry through a notification titled Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 has banned the sale of cow for slaughter purpose.
The new rules are applicable for all animals defines “cattle” as bovine animals, including bulls, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and calves and camels. The government notification prohibiting cattle slaughter across India has come even after the Supreme Court had made it clear that is a state subject.
In January while hearing a PIL to ban nationwide cow slaughter the SC had said that it was a “state subject” and individual states can make laws accordingly.
The move is expected to take a toll on the meat trade in India which is estimated to have annual business of around Rs one lakh crore.