Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2017-02-13 13:41 Bengaluru: The State Assembly on Monday passed the much-awaited Kambala bill amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act. Animal Husbandry minister A Raju who tabled the issue stated that Kambala is a traditional rural folk sport organised usually during Karthika month. Played especially in coastal region, the sport in no way is a cruelty to animals, the minister observed. Following the Supreme Court ban on Jalli Kattu of Tamil Nadu, a few animal welfare organisations too had moved the High Court. They had claimed that in the name of the sport, the animals are tortured. After the massive turn out in support of Jalli Kattu in Tamil Nadu, many had come out in support of Kambala race here. Considering this, the State government had appealed in the High Court to allow the Kambala but in vain. However, considering that there was no violence involved in the sport, the governmnet formed a committee to look into the issue. After assessing it, the government has passed Kambala bill after amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. He further said that there was no gambling involved in the game. Besides, he denied cruelty to animals. Instead, these buffaloes are given good care and even their handlers are treated well, he pointed out. The government has also allowed bullock cart race.