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The Environment and Forests Ministry has notified rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, banning the sale of buffaloes and cows for slaughtering in the animal markets.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 permits animal trade only between farmland owners. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 have also been notified by the Central government. This notification covers steers, buffaloes, heifers, buffaloes, cows, bulls and calves, and also on trade of camel.  These rules also mandate an undertaking stating that the animals bought under the transaction are bought for trade purposes only and not for slaughter.

Rules also provide for constituting District Animal Market Monitoring Committee, which shall regulate the animal market in the district. These rules further prohibit many prohibit many practices as “cruel and harmful”. These include the methods for animal identification, painting and shearing of horns, ear cutting of buffaloes, using any harmful chemical on the body parts of the animals. The person incharge of animal shall also ensure that no injury, pain or suffering has been inflicted upon the animal.

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