Ban on cattle sale has nothing to do with state laws, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday asserted that the Centre’s ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter has no business with state legislations on animal slaughtering.
The animal markets are meant for farmers and not for traders, he said, adding that “this is the only effect of the notification”.
Last week the Environment Ministry notified the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
Jaitley said the existing laws are continuing and the notification has “nothing to do with state legislations” with regard to slaughter of cattle.