The Indian Parliament voted to scrap the quota for the domestic cats in cities and villages across the country.
The cats have been seen as a symbol of social unrest, and India’s top political leader has also been accused of allowing them to breed freely.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the quota was to be scrapped in September, and the move is being seen as an attempt to curb the spread of rabies.
“There is a need to create a more balanced environment for the cats, and we have decided to scrap this quota.
This is in keeping with the principles of democracy and respect for human life,” said BJP MP from Delhi, Shahnawaz Hussain.
A parliamentary panel had been working on a proposal to scrap a quota of 100,000 domestic cats to encourage a more equal distribution of cats in India.
India has an estimated 40,000 cats in its shelters, but only around 50,000 have been allowed to breed in the country, mainly due to a lack of space and facilities, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It was only last year that a plan to remove the quota by the end of the year was shelved amid opposition from the ruling Congress party, which has a majority in the upper house of parliament.