A small interlude by me here. I apologise if it breaks the continuity of the discussion.
Let me ask an innocent question. How many among us took some effort to read the order which was released recently which actually prompted this as well as the various debates and protests taking place in the country? Are we all influenced by the (wrong and biased or motivated and deliberate) publicity by media and the half truths spreading in certain social media posts?
I have seen the Gazette notification part and also a prior notification calling for any objections to the draft rules (notified in January 16, 2017). I also heard a few knowledgeable and balanced people on both sides speaking and elaborating on it. Government has not brought in any new law. Only parliament can do that. There is already a law and due to certain compulsions of court orders the government had to make certain points in the said Act. The draft was published and objections sought about 4 months before. There was no arbitrariness.
I quote the initial para in the latest Gazette notification which raised the present debates in the country. Please read and then continue debating.
QUOTE:"G.S.R. 494(E).—Whereas the draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules,2016 were published, as required under sub-section (1) of section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960(59 of 1960), vide the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notification number G.S.R. 34(E), dated the
16th January, 2017 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), dated the 16th January, 2017,inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby before the expiry of thirty days from thedate on which copies of the Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;
And whereas the copies of the said Gazette were made available to the public on the 16th January, 2017;
And whereas objections and suggestions received from the public have been considered by the Central Government;
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules..." UNQUOTE
Let this add some fact for further debate rather than debating with hearsay matters and half truths.