Indian government proposes 'unique identity' for cows

Janie Parker
April 25, 2017

Centre told the apex court that a committee headed by Joint secretary, home ministry was formed.

The report also stated that each district should have a shelter home of capacity of at least 500 abandoned animals, which will help reduce smuggling of cattle across the country.

Centre wants UID numbers to keep track of cows. The Government also recommended provision of special care for cattle that go beyond the age of milking.

Buoyed by the success of unique identification number for humans, the Centre has chose to create a similar UID for cows.

ANI tweeted about the Government report submitted to Supreme court that said "Each cow and its progency across India should get a Unique Identification Number". "A nodal officer may be appointed as the Registrar of Cattle Premises, appointed in each state under the Registration of Cattle Premises Rules, 1978, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act", says the report. It is largely observed that soon after the milk productivity of the cattle ends, they are sold out or smuggled.

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Increased cattle smuggling and cow protection concern have propelled government to look into the matter and propose a Unique Identification Numbering for the cows across the country.

Blaming the government for not focusing on serious issues like malnourishment, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, "Controlling cow smuggling is fine, but the priorities of the government are completely misplaced".

Funding of shelter homes should be done by the state governments.

"The Union Agriculture Ministry has devised a tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethane tags with UIN".

It further recommended that enforcement agencies working on the Indo-Bangladesh border lay more emphasis on intelligence and information and for this, they could seek active support and co-operation from the public on the movement of animals. Toll free helplines will be set up where people will be asked to report any suspicious trafficking of cows.

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