DK Administration Under Fire For Planned Illegal Kambala Races
For Immediate Release:
20 November 2014
AWBI, Karnataka Animal Husbandry Department and PETA India Call On Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner to Cancel Events
Mangaluru, Karnataka – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, along with the central government body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which operates under the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), sent urgent letters yesterday calling on the Dakshina Kannada (DK) Deputy Commissioner and other officials to take immediate action to stop planned illegal kambala events, in which buffalo would be deliberately tormented and forced to race for spectators. The Karnataka Department of Animal Husbandry also sent a letter to the DK district administration to give directions to kambala organisers not to go ahead with the events. The planned races would violate several laws, including a Supreme Court ruling and The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, which makes it illegal to cause animals suffering.
“Kambala races – which force buffalo to run out of fear and the threat of physical abuse – have no place in a civilised society, and India’s Supreme Court has already confirmed that”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA is asking Dakshina Kannada officials to uphold the law and the Supreme Court judgment and spare animals needless suffering.”
In a judgment on 7 May 2014, the Honourable Supreme Court of India upheld the MoEF notification published in The Gazette of India stating that bulls cannot be used as performing animals. Point number 77 on page 97 of the judgment reads, “We, therefore, hold that AWBI is right in its stand that Jallikattu, Bullock-cart Race and such events per se violate Sections 3, 11(1)(a) and 11(1)(m)(ii) of PCA Act and hence we uphold the notification dated 11.7.2011 issued by the Central Government, consequently, Bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for the Jallikattu events or Bullock-cart Races in the State of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country” [emphasis added]. Point 77 (10) on page 99 of the Supreme Court judgment states, “The Governments would see that if the provisions of the PCA Act and the declarations and the directions issued by this Court are not properly and effectively complied with, disciplinary action be taken against the erring officials so that the purpose and object of PCA Act could be achieved”.
The letters to the Deputy Commissioner are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.