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Centre withdraws rules to regulate fish, aquarium markets

Under the rules all shops selling fish for aquariums anywhere in the country had to get registered and follow certain norms to keep fish healthy.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2017 16:29 IST
The environment ministry had notified the rules in May evoking criticism as the move was seen as a ploy to alienate Muslims who dominate the Rs 100,000 crore meat business in India. (AFP File Photo)

The environment ministry has withdrawn rules issued earlier this year relating to the regulation of fish market and aquarium in a bid to ensure aquatic creatures are kept in hygienic conditions.

An environment ministry official, however, clarified on Sunday that the government had made no change to its May 26 order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter. “We will take some time to withdraw the rules,” the official who wished to remain unnamed told Hindustan Times.

Under the rules that now stand withdrawn, aquarium owners and their establishments were required to register themselves and follow certain standards to keep fish healthy. The government has withdrawn the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Aquarium and Fish Tank Animal Shop) Rules, 2017, the notification issued on November 30 said.

Following representations, the government made amendments to withdraw the May order.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a May order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter had been withdrawn. The story has since been updated.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 09:03 IST