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Implication of new cattle trade rules
The recent notification by the environment ministry putting strict rules to control the cattle trade and regulate livestock markets is bound to face several challenges in the immediate future. Even though there are some welcome prohibitions on the cruelty inflicted to the animals, the strict regulations of all kinds of livestock brought and sold in animal markets will cause serious hardships to the traders as well as farmers. This will also have serious impacts on meat and livestock industry and the multi-million dollar leather industry. The new rules framed for the sale of cattle is very cumbersome and this will push cattle trade into a web of red-tapism and black marketing. The legality of the action will likely to come under question as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 recognises that animals may constitute food for mankind . The move was also been alleged as the part of a larger agenda to influence the food habits of people. The government needs to address these concerns with utmost seriousness

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