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Rural development minister bans bull racing

The famous bullock cart races performed in rural Punjab will no longer be allowed.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
July 29, 2011 3:53:52 am

The famous bullock cart races performed in rural Punjab will no longer be allowed. Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has imposed a ban on the use of bulls in rural sports.

Dr Sandeep Jain,member of Care for Animals and Protection of Environment (CAPE) India welcomed this decision and said,“Every year in the name of rural sports,the animals are treated roughly,we welcome this decision by the Minister.”

In Punjab Kilariapur games,Gujjarwal sports and many other sports festivals conducted during the winter season,thousands gather just to see bullock cart races. The bulls are often beaten,bitten on their tails,given energy drinks and even rum to make them perform better. The bulls cost as much as Rs 10 lakhs a pair and are fed nutritious meals to keep them fit for the run.

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