MYSURU: Animal husbandryand sericulture minister A Manju said the Karnataka government may consider approaching the court if the Centre doesn’t take a relook at the new rules imposing a ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in open markets.
The minister on Sunday said the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(regulation of livestock markets) Rules 2017 will adversely affect farmers who are already in distress due to drought. The rules state that farmers cannot bring cattle to the animal market unless they furnish a written declaration that the animal will not be sold for slaughter. The buyer, too, has to provide an undertaking that animals are not for slaughter.
“Farmers are spending around Rs 100 per day for maintenance of a single animal. The rules regulating sale of cattle will further push farmers into debt as they are unable to buy fodder and feed old and infirm cattle,” Manju said.
Pointing out that the new rules will create problems for farmers as well as the government, he said the governments will now have to open goshalas
or pinjrapoles in each gram panchayat to maintain abandoned cattle, but only Karnataka and Jharkhand are providing money for the maintenance of cattle.