Centre supports Kambala in Karnataka; Animal Welfare Board cries foul
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 12, 2014 | 17.30 pm IST The Centre told the Karnataka High Court that it supported Kambala - a buffalo race held in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts of the state. However, it has laid down a few conditions that the participants and organisers must follow which includes not subjecting the animals to cruelty, not mutilating the parts of the buffalo or applying irritant solutions to make them run and to provide food and water for the buffaloes, reported The Hindu. Krishna S Dixit, the Assistant Solicitor General of India also suggested that the entire racing event could be videographed to check for any violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PAC). He further argued that unlike Jallikattu, Kambala lacked any study to show the impact of the race on the buffaloes. The Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu on the grounds that the bulls were subjected to extreme pain and cruelty before they were made to run. However, the counsel for Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBF) argued that the verdict of the Supreme Court could be applied to Kambala, since buffaloes and bulls belonged to the same family hence cruelty cannot be differentiated. Justice S. Abdul Nazeer who is hearing the case has reserved his verdict.