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SC seeks replies from Centre & Karnataka on PETA's plea against Kambala race

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday issued notices to the Centre and government seeking their responses on a challenging the validity of a new allowing buffalo race, Kambala, in the state.

The race, held between November and March, involves a pair of buffaloes tied to a plough and anchored by one person. They are made to run in parallel muddy tracks in a competition in which the fastest team wins.

It is believed to be held to propitiate the gods for a good harvest, besides being a recreational sport for farmers.

Bullock cart races are held in parts of north and in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.

(PETA) has filed a petition in the apex court challenging the validity of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Second Amendment) Act 2017, which allowed and other races in the state.

The matter came up for hearing on Friday before a bench of Justices and

The court, which issued notice on PETA's petition, tagged it with pending petition which has challenged similar state laws allowing use of bulls for 'Jallikattu' in and bullock cart races in

In its petition in matter, PETA has said the new amended law was contrary to the object and purpose of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 which mandates that animals must be protected from unnecessary suffering.

On February 2 this year, the apex court had referred the pleas related to 'Jallikattu' to a five-judge constitution bench which would decide if the bull-taming sport fell under cultural rights or perpetuated cruelty to animals.

Jallikattu, also known 'eruthazhuvuthal', is a bull- taming sport played in as part of the

PETA is one of the petitioners who have challenged the that allowed the bull-taming sport in

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:35 IST