Hindus: India bans sale of cows for slaughter

The Indian government has issued a nationwide ban on selling cattle for slaughter, the toughest measure yet imposed to protect cows, an animal that conservative Hindus regard as sacred.

Under new rules issued this week, the government ordered that no cows or buffaloes could be traded at a livestock market without a signed declaration by the owner that the animal was not being sold for slaughter.

Anyone buying livestock would have to present a document showing that he or she is an “agriculturalist.” LA TIMES

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