Moodbidri hosts first Kambala after ordinance
- More than 10,000 people witnessed the bull-racing sport. The organisers served “ganji” (gruel) and chutney to the spectators in the afternoon.
- The organisers were continuously making an announcement, asking participants to strictly adhere to the rules framed by the government. The entire event was videographed.
- A total of 137 pairs of buffaloes participated in the event.
- The Kambala was not organised last year due to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court in November, following a PIL filed by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).
- Recently, the President gave his assent to “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance 2017” promulgated by the state government.
- The Koti Chenniah Jodu Kare (double track) Kambala commenced in the morning.
- It is the first among 19 double track Kambalas to be held for 2017-18 under the auspices of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Jodukare Kambala Committee. The last Kambala of the season will be held at Talapady on March 18.
- The Kambala was held in six categories – kane halage, adda halage, negilu (junior and senior) and hagga (junior and senior).
- The event was inaugurated by Alangaru temple chief priest Ishwar Bhat. Koti Chenniah Jodukare Kambala Samithi president and MLA Abhayachandra Jain was present.
PeTA claims buffaloes were treated cruelly at Kambala
- Instances of cruelty to buffaloes were recorded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) India during Kambala (buffalo race) event held at Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday.
- A press release from PETA said they will petition the court, urging it to strike down the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, on 13th Nov. The amendment allows Kambala and other bullock-cart races in the state.
- PETA said a majority of the 100 buffaloes which were forced to participate in the race were beaten and prodded with wooden sticks and their tails were pulled.
- Some buffaloes had marks on their body, indicating that they had been beaten before the race. Buffaloes with bloody wounds were forced to participate in the race.
- Many of the buffaloes which finished the race frothed at the mouth, salivated heavily and displayed increased respiration rates, demonstrating that racing is unnatural to them and extremely hard on their bodies
- Groups of five to six people forced buffaloes to take their positions on the race course.
- The animals were pushed, beaten, pulled by their nose ropes and shouted at, causing them immense fear and distress.
- Some of the animals which were reluctant to participate and had laid down were forced to get up and dragged to the starting line.
- Many buffalo bulls had two or three tight-fitting 2 to 2.5-centimetre-thick nose ropes inserted through their nasal septum, causing them tremendous distress and pain
State urged to mitigate power crisis
- The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) has expressed concern over the continuing scheduled and unscheduled power cuts in the State.
- It has urged the State government to immediately take steps to mitigate the energy crisis.
- According to a BCIC release, Panchajam Sridevi, president, BCIC, said: “The scheduled and unscheduled load-shedding in and around the industrial corridors of Bengaluru is bound to severely hurt the manufacturing sector the most, as it is struggling to keep its continuous process industries’ production schedules intact and also honour export commitments, especially the garment industry. Power cuts will bring further agony to the industry, which is already facing a downturn owing to flat economic growth over the last two quarters.”
- Kishore Alva, senior vice-president, BCIC, said the chamber has been interacting with energy-related government departments on the crisis.
- He urged the government to undertake a long-term action plan to mitigate the power shortage, which was affecting the growth in demand and supply of goods and services.
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