New Delhi: The Center is 'considering' making certain changes to a notification which bans the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, to make it more 'acceptable,' a top official said on Thursday, prompting animal rights body PETA to term it a 'dark day' for animals.
The environment ministry, in May, had notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Under the rules, there was a ban on the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, a move that was expected to hit the trade and export of meat and leather.
The rules had also prohibited practices cruel to animals, including painting of horns and putting ornaments or decorative materials on them.
"The ministry is considering certain changes, which will make the rules more acceptable," a top environment ministry official said.
Environment minister Harsh Vardhan had earlier said the government was open to considering alternative views and that suggestions on the issue were being reviewed.
He had also said that the aim of the rules was to regulate the animal markets and sale of cattle and asserted that the provisions only applied to animals in the livestock markets and those seized as case properties.
Harsh Vardhan had also said the government did not want to 'alter' the food habits of the people and put businesses in this sector to trouble.
Sources in the environment ministry said the file in this regard had already been sent to the law ministry.
In July, the Supreme Court had extended to the entire country the Madras High Court order, staying the notification of the Center, banning the sale and purchase of cattle at markets for slaughter.