Q. What is the law with respect to slaughterhouses?
A. There are rules provided under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, namely, the Slaughter House Rules, 2001.
Section 2(c) of the abovementioned Rules defines 'slaughterhouse' as a place wherein 10 or more animals are slaughtered per day and which is duly licensed or recognized under a Central, State or Provincial Act or any rules or regulations made thereunder.
Section 3(1) of the abovementioned Rules provides that animals cannot be slaughtered except in a recognized and licensed slaughterhouse.
Section 3(2), prohibits slaughtering of any animal-
. which is pregnant; or
. has an offspring less than three months old; or
. which is under the age of three months; or
. which has not been certified by a veterinary doctor that it is in a fit
condition to be slaughtered.