Noting a “rapid decline” in the population of indigenous breeds of cattle across the country, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed the Union government to frame a national policy in this regard.
The Environment Ministry and the Department of Animal Husbandry have been directed to hold a meeting with all the states.
“The records submitted by various states clearly indicate that there has been a rapid decline in indigenous breeds of cattle. Tell us what steps have you taken to prevent this decline in the population of species which may even lead to their extinction…” a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar noted. “This is a serious issue and it requires a national policy.” The bench asked the Ministry of Environment to discuss the issue with all stakeholders and come to a decision.