NEW DELHI: An NGO has urged the government to withdraw rules banning the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.
In a statement issued here, the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture said the rules are "detrimental to rural economy, livestock rearing, cattle welfare and farm livelihoods and need to be withdrawn immediately."
It claimed that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 will prove to be a big blow to farm households in the country that are already reeling under severe crisis.
"According to the new rules, the central government has banned the trading of cattle in livestock markets for the purpose of slaughter. "This was done without any consultation with livestock rearing communities or with state governments, though this has a huge bearing on agriculture," it said.