Feedback on cattle trade rules: Drop buffalo, cut red tape, scrap order

Cattle trade rules: This contentious provision was introduced by the Animal Welfare Board of India that prepared the first draft of the rules last year, the Environment Ministry official said

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 7:37 am
buffalo, livestock husbandry, uttar pradesh, aligarh, male buffalo calves, ICAR, cattle rearing, buffalo rearing, indian express, india news The origins of the new cattle trade rules to regulate animal markets lie in a 2014 petition filed in the Supreme Court by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, now an officer on special duty in the office of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, seeking to stop the illegal smuggling of cattle to Nepal for being sacrificed in a religious ritual.

Faced with strong protests from states and the prospect of its new rules on regulation of animal markets being struck down by courts, the government is preparing for damage control and considering a review of last week’s notification that, among other things, banned the trading of all cattle at animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering them for meat. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday said that the “issues” raised by trade organisations and a few state governments were being “examined”. He was referring to the flood of representations the Environment Ministry has received in the last few days objecting to provisions in the Regulation of Livestock Market Rules.

A senior Environment Ministry official told The Indian Express that representations raised three key points. Meat traders wanted buffalo to be excluded from the purview of the new rules while some others have raised concerns over the elaborate need of permissions and licenses and red tape that is being envisaged. The third set is challenging the very constitutionality of the Centre notifying such rules when animal markets come under the purview of state governments. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court today stayed the execution of the Centre’s notification for four weeks.

However, any review of last week’s notification would have to wait for the return of new Environment Minister Harshvardhan who took charge of the ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave. Harshvardhan is travelling with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his trip to Europe. While officials claim that the new rules were framed on the directions of the Supreme Court and based on reports of two committees, none of these had made any suggestion to ban the trading of cattle at animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering them.

This contentious provision was introduced by the Animal Welfare Board of India that prepared the first draft of the rules last year, the Environment Ministry official said. That draft was finalised by the Environment Ministry and released in the public domain for inviting suggestions and comments in January. The Ministry received only 13 suggestions at that time, none of which raised any major objections to any of the provisions.

The origins of the new rules to regulate animal markets lie in a 2014 petition filed in the Supreme Court by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, now an officer on special duty in the office of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, seeking to stop the illegal smuggling of cattle to Nepal for being sacrificed in a religious ritual. A similar petition for stopping illegal smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh was clubbed together.

The scope of these petitions later widened and the Supreme Court appointed a committee under B D Sharma, the then director general of Sashastra Seema Bal which guards the India-Nepal border to make recommendations to control cattle smuggling. This committee, which had representatives of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, mostly restricted itself to suggesting ways to prevent cattle smuggling but one of its recommendations also talked about regulating animal markets.

“Rules may be framed to regulate cattle markets ensuring that healthy cattle are being sold only for legally authorised purposes,” it said. There was no mention of any ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at these markets.

A report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, which has also been mentioned in this context, was submitted only last month and could not have been the basis for finalising new animal markets rules. In any case, this report, which dealt with border security and discussed cattle smuggling in that context, only asked for putting a stop to all illegal cattle markets near international borders.

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    ak dev
    May 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    Beef eaters often argue that they are free to eat any thing they want. I challenge them to publicly kill and eat an animal declared endangered and protected in India. There are over 100 such animals. If they can't find a protected animal to kill, they can kill an human and publicly eat it. Nothing else can teach these barbarians that you can't eat anything you like.
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      chitta
      May 31, 2017 at 12:41 pm
      Why not ban sweets. It causes diabetes. Why not ban liquor ??
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        suraj
        May 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm
        it is futile to argue with beef eaters and asking/convincing them to not eat by giving valid reasons.they dont listen to anything.Only it can be stopped by passing a law in parliament and implementing strict punishment for the people found guilty of violating law.
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          Antony
          May 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
          who are you to decide what others eat? taliban sanghi? do it in your illiterate toiletless sanghi states ! you can have enough gober burger and gau mutra cola as breakfast ! even you can declare cow as your chief minister in your state ! we will eat what ever food we like you maron ! even god cannot stop it !
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            suraj
            May 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm
            atleast sanghi is patriotic not like you vatican agent by heart.go and eat sh@t who cares but beef eating will be stopped by law in the future by a nationalist government.
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              Mohammed Yunus
              May 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm
              Cow ban will be amended very soon. There is nothing like secularism. For centuries now, non Hindu communities have looted the peace and harmony of this country using secularism bait. India is a Hindu origin country where others have to tolerate what the majority desires. See how EU, Australia and USA being damaged due to overuse of secular laws. Go and see then take offense.
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                Mohammed Yunus
                May 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                Cow ban will be amended very soon. There is nothing like secularism. For centuries now, non Hindu communities have looted the peace and harmony of this country using secularism bait. India is a Hindu origin country where others have to tolerate what the majority desires. See how EU, Australia and USA being damaged due to overuse of secular laws. Go and see then take offense.
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                  ak dev
                  May 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                  If you have drink the milk of your mother, publicly kill and eat an animal protected by law in India. There are over 100 animals, birds and fish protected by law. You must have known Salman Khan's kil of black deer and similar other cases.
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                Kulmohan Singh
                May 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                But buffalo gives more milk than the cow
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                  suraj
                  May 31, 2017 at 11:53 am
                  there should be total ban on slaughter of cow,ox/bull,buffalo across the country.buffalo is not sacred to Hinduism but it gives nutritious A2 milk so it should be protected. desi cow which has hump and flan of skin below the neck is sacred for hindus and buffalo gives A2 milk.But foreign cows like jersy,Holstein,cross bread cows etc gives A1 milk not much good for health. Government should protect and support desi cow breeds over foreign or cross breads todays market we get only A1 milk from foreign breed cow unless you stay in a remote village. A1 milk of foreign breeds of cows is the major cause of High blood pressure. Metabolic degenerative disease. Autism, Diabetes type -1 in children. Mental disorder in old age. Please google A2 milk.
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                    Antony
                    May 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm
                    Gober inside the head ! sure gone for chaddi shakha education ! you should write in sanskrit not in a foreign language !
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                      suraj
                      May 31, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                      you are a big fool with ed brain cant even do google search on A1/A2 milk.this study is done by western scientists not by rss shakas. only desi humped cows are holy. you are against anything desi but open arms for videshi.
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                    Sach Bol
                    May 31, 2017 at 11:52 am
                    Three years passed in the name of cow and there is no respite for Poor - Wah Re India
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                      Vijay
                      May 31, 2017 at 11:01 am
                      The fact is Cow is "holy" only in BJP election manifestoes. Ground realities are very different. Once the cow becomes old and does not give milk, it is abandoned and left to feed on city / town filth. Blanket ban on big animal slaughter will not do any good to anyone - neither to country nor to any community. In addition to buffaloes, the foreign breed of cows with flat shoulder should be taken out of the "holy tag". It has already done with Nilgai which was earlier considered as cow, but later dropped from being considered as cow. Only the humped shoulder cows should be considered as holy.
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                        chitta
                        May 31, 2017 at 11:45 am
                        Why consider only Cow as holy, and why not buffalo.?? Is buffalo not animals.?? Isn't it non sense.??
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                          suraj
                          May 31, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                          only humped desi cow is holy and gives nu ious A2 milk and very good dung ideal fertiliser for organic farming and medicinal properties in its has cure for various diseases.Just keeping desi cow alive can give/save more money to farmer by using its dung for farming instead of buying costly toxic fertiliser,pesticides and contaminating soil and adding toxic chemicals to our food.Even buffalo which is not holy gives A2 milk and should be protected.Even foreign cows which are not holy should be protected since it is raised for milk but government should stop importing foreign cows and farmers should be told about benefits of desi cows to promote it over foreign cows.
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                          Antony
                          May 31, 2017 at 10:29 am
                          Harsh vardhan ! How come this fellow became a doctor? May be got the degree from a chaddi shakhas in Delhi ? Such a foolish descision which have serious implications on economy and jobs of people taken after consulting only his prime minister mohann bhagat sitting in Nagpur! The result is half the country is in revolt mood seriously threatening the unity of the country! We doesn't need porkistan or China to destroy India , we have illiterate RSS and BJP third cl people is enough to create a civil war and to disintegrate the country!
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                            suraj
                            May 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm
                            go to vatican city if you dont want to live here nobody is stopping you.
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                              Anurag Srivastava
                              May 31, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                              Your argument is that one cannot challenge one's right to eat what he wants. Suppose, you are a cannabis, can we give your right to continue with you eating habits.
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                                Anurag Srivastava
                                May 31, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                                Who says that RSS people are mediocre? Professor Rajinder Singh former pracharak was acknowledged as an exceptionally brilliant student by Sir C. V. Raman, the physicist and Nobel Prize-winner. He also offered Singh a fellowship for advanced research in nuclear physics.He taught at the Allahabad University for several years, where later he was appointed head of the Physics Department. Murli Manohar Joshi did his M.Sc. from Allahabad The subject of his doctoral thesis was spectroscopy. He published a research paper in Physics in Hindi, which was a first of its kind. Shri Joshi was also considered an expert in nuclear physics which was very rare those days. P.D. Hegdewar the founder of RSS was a doctor. Madhukar Dattareya Deoras was MA and LLB. If we go according to analogy that one should have the right to eat one wants. On the same analogy we should allow the cannabis to eat what he wants.
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                                  Antony
                                  May 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                  ha ha, you talk as if india belongs to terror leader mohan bhagawat? i will send you to porkistan so that you can play communal games with your taliban cousins there ! get out you anti national chaddi !
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                                    Ali
                                    May 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm
                                    Go to hell.
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