In new rules notified by the Environment Ministry on Tuesday, the Centre banned the sale of all kinds of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across the country. The rules, issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, require anyone purchasing cattle to provide an undertaking that the animals are bought for agricultural purposes and not slaughter.
The Central government may have imposed restriction on the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets by notifying the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but farmers and livestock trader are now selling cows on online marketplaces like OLX and Quikr.
Interestingly, the prices of these cows range from as high as Rs 6 lakh for a herd and Rs 3 lakh for a white cow to a mere Rs 1,000 for a brown-and-white bovine.
According to the new rules, the trade of cows is allowed among farmland owners across India. Farmers have been seeing the new rule as an assault on agriculture. According to the reports, the rules will be implemented in next three months.
Amid the controversy over the Centre’s regulation of the sale of cattle across India for slaughter, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court put a four-week stay on the Central government ban on the sale of cows for slaughter and asked it and the Tamil Nadu government to reply to notices it has sent to them. However, buyers and sellers seem to be in a hurry to dispose of their cattle.