Amid raging debate over the ban on Jallikattu, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has written a letter to the Karnataka government requesting it not to allow the Kambala races in the state, which uses buffaloes.
AWBI cited the recent Supreme Court judgment to ban Jallikattu and similar races that uses animals in the country.
Kambala is a traditional buffalo race held at many places in Coastal Karnataka, especially in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. The AWBI has sent a letter to the chief secretary of Karnataka government on Thursday. Through this letter, the AWBI has asked that immediate steps be taken to stop the Kambala events that are planned to be held in the state as per the Kambala calender.
The AWBI pointed out that the Supreme Court of India has stayed the notification of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF &CC) issued recently, permitting use of bulls in Jallikattu, bullock cart races and similar events. But, it was stayed through an order dated January 12, 2016 and it refused to revoke the stay through an order dated January 13, 2016.
The state government may face contempt of court if it allows Kambala, which is violation of law and also of the Supreme Court order.
“I request the Karnataka government to immediately take the necessary action to comply with the Supreme Court’s directions and not allow Kambala races to take place at all,” S. Vinod Kumar, an assistant secretary of AWBI said in the letter.
The copies of the letter were also sent to the state police chief, officials of Animal Husbandry department, superintendents of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district and other officials concerned.