Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: The Environment Ministry on Friday banned the sale of cattle across the country for slaughter purpose. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) have notified four rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 to regulate livestock market, case property animals, dogs breeding and marketing and fish tank and aquarium.
The ministry further clarified that cattle means "a bovine animal including bulls, bullocks, cows, buffalo's, steers, heifers and calves and includes camels".
Livestock Market Rules
1.Animal market monitoring committees at the state and district levels will implement the rules and supervise livestock markets. Identification and registration of existing animals in market. Also blueprint will have to be submitted to the District Committee prior to being established.
2.The monitoring committees will ensue that I provide housing, sufficient food and water, feed storage areas, water throughs, ramps, enclosures for sick animals, veternity case, lighting, breeding, toilets, proper drainage and other facilities.
3.No animals shall be placed within 30 kilometers of any state border or that situated within 100 kilometers from any international border.
4.State animal boards will issue directions for compliance of these rules, authorize inspections of animal markets and seize animals from non-complying markets.
5.Adequate veternity facility, supervision of animals being loaded and unloaded, verification of the transport document, and a system of monitoring the handling of animals will be recorded in every market. The veterinary inspector will maintain all the records of all animals inspected and treated as well as the number of transport permits issued, the number of animals found for unit for transport, and action initiated when an animal found unit for transport is transported.
6.Unifit animals, pregnant animals, animals who have not being vaccinated and animals under six months of age cannot be sold at the market. Person in charge of the animal s are liable for their well-being.
7. Also, methods of handling, controlling and caging of animals in a manner that prevents unnecessary pain or suffering.
8.Unfit animals are required to have separate accommodation.
9.A Distric Magistrate or Collector will enforce these rules. If if either of them finds that a market is in breach of these animals, he or she may direct closure of such markets.
Dog Breeding & Market Rules
1.The rules mandate the obtaining of a certificate of the registration from the Animal Welfare Board of India for breeding activity, owning or housing dogs for breeding, for sale for dogs and pups. Such a certificate shall be valid for a period of 1 year, nontransferable and shall be subject to review.
2. Application for registration to be made to the State Board with a non-refundable fee of 5000 INR. A separate application shall be made for every establishment intended to be used for breeding or housing dogs for breeding.
3. On receipt of the application, the establishment sought to be registered shall be inspected by an authorized team and on being satisfied that the applicant and the establishment comply with requirements under these rules, the State Board shall recommend the application for registration to the board. The Board may issue the certificate of registration based on such recommendation. Where the recommendation is not made for certification, the State Board shall provide reasons in writing to the applicant. An applicant may prefer an appeal to the Central Government if agreed by the decision of the Board.
4. Rule 8 confers certain responsibilities on every breeder to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of the dogs used for breeding and the ones that are sold.
5. The rules require the breeder to maintain records of all the animals housed in the establishment including the dogs being used for breeding and the dogs for sale. The breeder shall also maintain records of each individual dog.
6. Every registered breeder is required to submit an annual report to the Board detailing a total number of animals traded (sold or exchanged or rehomed), boarded or exhibited during the previous year.
7. No establishment being used or intended to be used for breeding or housing dogs for breeding shall be granted any license by the local authority unless the breeder (owner of such establishment) holds a certificate of registration as under these rules.