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Rajasthan’s camel law

Date: 20 November 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

Several camel herders have been protesting against The Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 2015.

 

Background

The protests are carried out by herders and rearers citing loss of livelihood and business due to the prohibition.

 

Details

  • The Rajasthan High Court has taken cognizance of their issue and is making efforts for government to address the issue.

  • Camel herders of Raika and Raibari communities have warned the government of decline in camel population if the law is not taken back.

 

The law

  • The Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 2015, was passed to prevent slaughter of camels.

  • The law prevents individuals from possessing, selling or transporting for sale or cause to be sold or transported camel meat or camel meat products.

  • People will not be allowed to export camel from any place within the State to any place outside the State for the purposes of slaughter.

  • A special permit is needed from competent authority for temporary migration of camels or transport to places for agricultural or dairying purposes.

 

Reasons for the law

  • The government had cited that the animal is endangered and it needs efforts to ensure its conservation and protection.

  • The government also said that selling of camels outside the state for slaughter had created famine and scarcity conditions.

Impact

  • The biggest impact is felt on Raika and Raibari communities that have been rearing camels traditionally for hundreds of years.

  • The permission required for transporting camels outside the state as per the 2015 Act often takes months. There is dip in customers.

  • The number of camels visiting camel fairs has been consistently declining. The economic situation for camel herders has worsened.

 

Government move

The government is planning to bring some amendments to the 2015 law to enable migration of camels and to ensure that farmers buy camels again.