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Ban on sale and purchase of cattle in farmers’ interest, says India government

Staff Writer |
Telangana BJP hailed the Centre’s move to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter through animal markets saying the decision would help agriculture sector and farmers as distress sale of the animals will be prevented.

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“It will directly impact to reduce farmers’ suicides as distress sale is prevented. If farmers sell off their cattle, they are disconnected from agriculture,” Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said in Hyderabad.

The government banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that is expected to hit export and trade of meat and leather.

It also prohibited practices that are cruel to animals including painting of horns and putting ornaments or decorative materials on them.

The environment ministry has notified the stringent "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017" under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan said the new rules are very “specific” and aim to regulate animal markets and sale of cattle.

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