PETA INDIA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S APPROVING OF BILL ALLOWING KAMBALA (BUFFALO RACES) IN KARNATAKA
Mumbai. PETA India Chief Executive Officer and expert cattle veterinarian with two decades experience working on large animals, Dr. Manilal Valliyate comments:
“As countries and regions around the world increasingly pass laws against spectacles involving harm to animals like circuses and bullfights, India continues to regress further into the Dark Ages by allowing spectacles like jallikatttu and kambala. What, in essence, has been approved is the punching of buffaloes in the face, yanking them by their nose ropes, hitting them with sticks, and forcing them to race despite their being anatomically ill suited to do—all cruelties which have been documented at kambala events—to please those few with gambling and other vile vested interests in causing buffaloes fear, pain, suffering, distress, and anguish. This is a black mark on our nation which is fast losing what was its honourable global reputation as a country that respects animals.”
PETA India had earlier challenged the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 in the Supreme Court seeking direction to quash and set aside the ordinance as it stands in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), 1960, which is a central act. PETA India will now be examining the Act and continuing its efforts to stop kambala. PETA India has already challenged the constitutional validity of similar acts passed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra governments allowing jallikattu and bullock cart races respectively. The matter has now been referred to a 5 judge constitution bench and expected to be heard soon.
PETA India has investigated seven kambala events held in the state since the passage of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 that allowed kambala races and found that buffalo bulls were pushed, pulled by their nose ropes, dragged to the starting point, and repeatedly beaten with wooden sticks throughout the race. Some also had marks on their bodies from past beatings. Many who finished the race were frothing at the mouth, salivating heavily, and displaying increased respiration rates, demonstrating that they’re anatomically unsuited to racing and that no amount of regulation can change this scientific fact.
The investigation video can be viewed here: https://www.petaindia.com/features/kambala-investigation/.
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