An RTI response has revealed that rules banning sale of cattle for slaughter in livestock markets were not laid in Parliament, thus its enforcement is illegal.
Section 38A of the Prevention of Cruelty Act of 1960:
- The parent Act under which the rules are made — mandates that any rule made by the Centre under it ought to be laid before each House of the Parliament “as soon as it is made”.
- The rules would be placed before the Parliament for a total 30 days.
- Any modification agreed upon by both Houses of the Parliament should be incorporated in the rules or else they would have no effect.
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules of 2017 was Notified on May 23, 2017.
- It mandate that cattle should only be sold in animal markets for farming purposes and banned the sale of cattle in livestock market for slaughter and religious sacrifices.