Kambala: Buffaloes are not made for running, says HC

Kambala: Buffaloes are not made for running, says HC

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-28 17:49 Bengaluru: The division of bench of the Karnataka High Court division bench on Thursday reiterated the Supreme Court observation that the physical structure of a buffalo is not conducive for running.Hearing a petition from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, seeking a ban on Kambala, the seasonal game popular in Dakshina Kannada, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath observed “prima facie, the contention of the petitioners, that bulls (buffaloes) are not anatomically designed to run races holds true”.The court further observed: “The 7 May 2014 Supreme Court judgement banning jallikattu and bullock cart races appears to govern all similar practices in the country, as has been upheld by the Kerala High Court, the Bombay High Court, and the Rajasthan High Court.”The bench adjourned the adjourned the to 6 September 2016. The petitioners contended that during Kambala, the buffalo bulls were forced to run, by instilling fear in them and inflicting  pain.Citing the 2014–15 Animal Welfare Board of India inspection reports on Kambala events, the petitioners mentioned about the cruelty being inflicted on these animals, like verbal and physical abuse, including shouting, striking with hands, slapping on the face, violent pulling of thick nose ropes (in some cases, two or three nose ropes inserted through the same hole in the nasal septum.“Many of the buffaloes that finished the race frothed at the mouth, salivated heavily, and displayed increased respiration rates, proving that buffalo are anatomically unfit for running in races,” the petitioners said.