PETA India sprang into action after learning that bullock cart races were scheduled to take place in the villages of Takhanwadh and Chuhar Chak, Moga district, on 16 May. PETA India’s Emergency Response Team worked closely with the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police of Moga. Both events were prevented from going ahead, sparing numerous bulls torment.
This year alone, by working with Punjab police, PETA India stopped bullock cart races in Nawanshahr district on 3 and 5 April; illegal animal races (including dog, horse, and mule cart races) that were scheduled to take place on 12 and 13 April in Kila Raipur, Ludhiana; and another two bullock cart races in Rupnagar district on 11 and 12 May.
On 8 March, after hearing an urgent petition filed by PETA India challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2019, which would allow cruel bullock cart races to take place at the annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival held near Ludhiana, the Additional Advocate General appearing for the Punjab state assured the court that
“no permission either has been granted or will be granted for holding any bullock cart race” and that “till such time the proposed amendment receive the Presidential assent, no application for permission for hosting any such event would be entertained”.
Several investigations conducted by PETA India reveal that during bullock cart races, bulls are often beaten mercilessly with wooden sticks that are spiked with nails in order to get them to run faster in the sweltering heat and that their tails are twisted and snapped, causing them extreme pain and leaving them covered with blood. During the Kila Raipur Sports Festival in February 2014 – before the Supreme Court of India banned bullock cart races – three bulls were injured, one sustaining a knee fracture, when a number of them ran out of control. During the same event, another pair of panicked bulls were injured when they smashed into vehicles in the parking area. PETA India’s petitions in the Supreme Court seek to challenge the constitutional validity of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu state laws aiming to allow the use of bulls for performances and to have them overturned.
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