Karnataka to move amendment on kambala, bullock races

An ordinance was introduced in Tamil Nadu to allow bull-taming sport jallikattu recently

Karnataka to move amendment on kambala, bullock races

Taking a cue from the Tamil Nadu government, the Karnataka government will introduce an amendment to the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act, 1960, to make kambala and bullock cart races a sport in the state.

Karnataka law minister TB Jayachandra told reporters on Wednesday that the amendment will be moved in the legislature session starting on Feb. 6. The Times of India quoted him as saying that kambala has been rooted in Karnataka's tradition for nearly 600 years and is not as inhumane as it's made out to be.

"There has not been a single death over many decades that the sport has been played, primarily in Dakshina Kannada and coastal parts of the state, as opposed to other sports which have recently witnessed widespread protests," Jayachandra said.