India suggests ID card for cows to check smuggling

India suggests ID card for cows to check smuggling

India suggests ID card for cows to check smuggling

"This may be made mandatory for all cows and its progeny throughout India for all cattle that is owned".

Unique identification (UID) numbers will help track cows and prevent their smuggling, a committee appointed by the home ministry said yesterday, amid a raging debate provoked by mob attacks by cow vigilantes in many states.

"There will be a uniform law for the preservation and protection of cow in India as it will help in reducing grey areas and ensuring implementation in a better way", the Solicitor General said seeking dismissal of the petition by the Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh, since the court's directions had been complied with. The Government also recommended provision of special care for cattle that go beyond the age of milking.

"Each district should have a shelter home of capacity of at least 500 abandoned animals".

In today's submissions to the apex court, the Centre submitted its willingness to create a UID, for those of the bovine ilk. Funding of shelter homes should be done by the State Government.

Emphasizing on the prohibition of smuggling of animals across Bangladesh, the Centre said that active support and cooperation should be sought from the public. As per reports, the animal husbandry department had assigned technicians to affix a tag with a 12-digit unique identification number inside the ear of cows.

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The committee suggests that care-taking should continue after the milking age.

Further, reports claim that almost one lakh technicians have been armed with 50,000 tablets. These tags also gave details of the animals' physical statistics.

Another media report by The Times of India in 2015 stated that select cows and Maharashtra were given similar yellow tags.

"The Ministry of Agriculture has devised a method of tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethene tags with Unique Identification Number Sequence".

The Centre has set aside Rs 148 crore for procuring the tags, tag applicators, tablets and health cards, officials said.

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