Centre's rule on cattle slaughter under the 'Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017' just two days before Ramzan is being seen an indirect attempt to ban slaughter of not just cow but all kinds of cattle in the country.
The rules which were passed on May 23 is in direct contradiction with the law in Telangana - 'The AP Prohibition of cow slaughter and animal preservation act' - which allows slaughter of cattle, including cow and buffallo if the animal is found to be unfit for breeding, agricultural purpose or providing milk.
Faheem Qureshi, president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee in Hyderabad, says, "The new rules by central government essentially gives authority to veterinary doctor to detain a cattle if
it is found to be unfit. This particular section ends any probability of slaughtering a cattle in Telangana. While the state law prohibits slaughtering if the animal is fit and if it is unfit then the central law says it should be detained. Not just this but if the cattle is unfit then after detaining and provision of treatment to it, the cost will be incurred from the owner, who most probably will be a poor farmer."
Ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in markets
The new central rule bans sale of cattle for the purpose of slaughter in cattle market and has made several provisions to ensure it like giving in written declaration "stating that the cattle has not been brought to market for sale for slaughter".
While government officials like District Panchayat Officers and veterinary doctors in Telangana when spoken to, claim that sale of cattle for purpose of slaughter is not allowed in the state, those in the business of slaughtering differ.
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Qureshi says, "Many farmers go to cattle markets to sell their unproductive cattle and those in business of slaughtering buy from the markets. It happens in all districts including in markets around Hyderabad. While buying cattle for slaughter from market is prohibited buying directly from a farmer cannot be done due to Transport of animal rules which requires certificate from veterinarian. If the cattle is fit it cannot be slaughtered and if it is not then as per new rule it will be confiscated. "
Paving legal entry of gau raksaks
The new rules promulgates formation of animal market committees at district and local level as part of which there should be two members from animal welfare organizations and there is skepticism that these will be members of organizations involved in "gau raksha". Sagari Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist and Food Sovereignty Alliance member, says, "The new law gives a free hand to gau rakshaks to do whatever they feel like. Slaughtering of cattle is very important. Many agricultural and dairy farmers cannot bear the burden of maintaining and unreproductive cattle and there is no way but to sell them for slaughter."
Tweets from Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi:
For the sincere love of cattle and (Cow)why can't this Govt create an outlay of 1 lakh crores to help farmers for upkeep of Cow https://t.co/etoMlzS3gQ— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 26, 2017
https://t.co/RHvJ2obgVA Interesting to see how these new rules will have an impact on beef exports & which is 26,000 crores annually— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 26, 2017