India to give cows ID cards

The Indian government is contemplating providing unique identification
numbers for cows in the country to prevent their trafficking, officials
said.

According to Xinhua, the information was submitted by the federal
government in the country’s top court, which was hearing a petition by
an organisation alleging rampant smuggling of cattle across the border
of Bangladesh.

“Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar told Supreme Court Monday that in order
to tackle the illegal smuggling of cows and other cattle, it (gov’t) had
accepted the recommendation of an expert group to provide a unique
identification number (UIN) for each one,” an official said.

“It may be made mandatory for cows and their progeny throughout India,”
the official quoted solicitor general as saying, adding that “each
animal will be tagged proper records of identification details – age,
breed, sex, lactation, height, body colour, horn type, tail switch and
special marks.”

Following the issuance of UIN, a state-level database may be uploaded on
a website that would be linked with a national online database.

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