Kambala supporters stage protest, demand ban on PETA

A group of students is protesting in Mangaluru, demanding ban on PETA and permission to conduct Kambala.

Kambala supporters stage protest, demand ban on PETA

After 'Jalllikattu' furore in Tamil Nadu, thousands formed a human chain to support holding of buffalo race 'Kambala' in Mangaluru, Karnataka on Friday.

Thousands of students, actors from the Tulu film industry and public representatives voice out their support to the sport that is held for several centuries in the coastal belt.

Alleging that PETA failed to understand difference between Jallikattu and Kambala, the agitators demanded a ban on the animal rights organisation.

According to a TOI report, Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, Dakshina Kannada, said, "Kambala is a traditional sport of Tulunadu and without understanding the difference between Jalikattu and Kambala, PETA had filed a petition to ban Kambala. They should know that there is no cruel treatment given to bovines during the sport. We all should join hands and intensify our Protest until the ban on Kambala lifted".

On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddarmaiah said the government will bring ordinance to lift the ban if necessary.

"We are in favour of Kambala. It is an old traditional game and it has to be continued. We will examine it that whether to bring an ordinance or not. If necessary, we will do it," Siddarmaiah said.

"Kambala is a rural sport that is especially organised in the coastal region. We do not have any opposition to it. It is in court now... It is coming up for hearing. We will see what will happen and if there is a necessity, an ordinance can be brought,” Siddaramaiah said.