The 97th prohibition is that we are forbidden from causing a blemish in a sanctified animal. This is known as being matil mum bakodshim, and the punishment for doing so is lashes — upon condi­tion that the Temple is standing and it therefore could be sacrificed, as explained in tractate Avodah Zorah.1

The source of this prohibition is G‑d's statement,2 "It shall not have any blemish in it."

The Sifra says, "The verse, 'It shall not have any blemish in it,' means that one may not place a blemish in it."