New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Monday mentioned it could hear after 4 weeks a plea of an animal rights’ physique difficult a invoice to legalise conventional buffalo race ‘Kambala’ and bullock cart races in Karnataka.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud mentioned the recent plea filed by the Federation of Indian Animal Safety Organisations (FIAPO) could be heard together with the plea of animals rights physique PETA.
“Record after 4 weeks,” the bench mentioned.
FIAPO has filed the plea opposing the state authorities’s invoice to legalise the standard buffalo race “Kambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka on the bottom of cruelty being meted out to the animals.
Bullock cart races are held in elements of north Karnataka and within the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.
To pave the best way for the sports activities, the state cupboard had on January 28 final yr determined to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, (Central Act 59 of 1960), enacted to stop infliction of pointless cruelty and struggling on animals.
The Kambala race, held between November and March, entails a pair of buffaloes tied to a plough and anchored by one particular person. They’re made to run in parallel muddy tracks in a contest during which the quickest workforce wins.
It’s believed to be held to propitiate the gods for a very good harvest, in addition to being a leisure sport for farmers.
PETA has additionally opposed Kambala on grounds of cruelty to animals and mentioned the agitators have taken a leaf out of pro-jallikattu protesters’ e-book and referred to as for banning the game.
Date : 16 January 2018