In the unending controversy surrounding “cattle-ban”, Meghalaya Assembly Monday adopted a resolution urging the Center to withdraw the new rule on cattle trade for slaughter so as to maintain the constitution’s federal and secular character.
Opposition supported the resolution, however, they asked Chief Minister Mukul Sangma-led Congress government in the state what would be the next step if the Center does not act on the resolution, according to a report in IANS.
Sangma, who moved the resolution, said the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 suffered from major shortcomings and infirmities and would have an adverse impact on Meghalaya’s economy and culture.
“Cattle meat is an integral part of the dietary habits of the tribal populace of Meghalaya since it is rich in minerals and is one of the cheap sources of protein, especially for the economically weaker section of the tribal society,” Sangma said.
He said the new rules was a major embargo that was crippling the economy of a predominantly tribal society.