Centre’s Cattle Rules: What four courts have said
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-17

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The Central government’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had notified the controversial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 on May 23.

The Rules, which ban the sale of cattle for the purpose of slaughter in animal markets, has triggered wide spread protests in states like Kerala, where there are no restrictions on slaughter of cattle and beef is widely consumed.

Rule 22 of the Rules framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, place certain specific restrictions on the sale of cattle in these markets.

Rule 22(b) requires a person bringing cattle to the market to submit a written declaration stating that the animal has not been brought to the market for slaughter. Further, Rule 22(d) requires an Animal Market Monitoring Committee to obtain a certificate from the buyer of an animal that it has been bought for agricultural purposes. Rule 22(e) prevents the purchaser from selling the animal for slaughter.

The Rules also have an exhaustive definition of ‘animal market’:

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