Illegal animal markets dwindle following official action

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 | PNS | Dehradun

The unregistered livestock markets at Azad Colony, ISBT and Niranjanpur Mandi are not operating as they were in the past. In a meeting with the Dehradun district magistrate on April 29, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) member Rubina Nitin Iyer had informed about an illegal livestock market called ‘Bakra Mandi’ operated on a vacant ground at Azad Colony near ISBT and a similar illegal livestock market of hens and pigeons called ‘Kabootar Mandi’ in a lane at Niranjanpur. The DM issued a letter to the Dehradun municipal commissioner to conduct surprise check in these markets besides directing to form an animal market committee. The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun had fixed banners on June 7 in these illegal mandis, warning that no markets should be held without permission. Since these markets are operated every Tuesday, a check was conducted again this week which revealed that some people were still selling animals due to lack of awareness, believing that such business is not illegal and no permission has to be taken. Consequently a complaint was registered at ISBT police station by the SPCA member. “Legal provisions have been created for organising cattle fair in a valid manner under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, by promulgating the Livestock Market Regulation Rules, 2017, under which registration of all animal markets are required to be done through District Animal Market Monitoring Committee constituted under the chairmanship of the district magistrate,” said Iyer.

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