Mangaluru, Dec 28, 2014: The organisers of the Baradi Beedu Kambala at Moodbidri have come down heavily upon the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) for lodging complaints of cruelty to animals during the Kambala held recently.
The organisers contended that lodging of FIRs was nothing but an attempt to put an end to the sport of Kambala.
The AWBI has now even pointed out violations of rules at the Arasu Kambala held at Mulki recently. Meanwhile, DK Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim has said the reports of the officers who supervised the Kambalas as per the High Court ruling, are awaited.
However, K Jeevandhar Ballal, organiser of Baradi Beedu Kambala claimed that the Animal Welfare Board of India has not been authorised by the High Court to supervise the Kambala. Moreover, the AWBI representatives also did not have any ID proofs, he said.
Ballal said if the revenue and police authorities who were present during the Kambala had appreciated the organisers for holding the event by honouring the court ruling, the AWBI representatives even prevented the buffalo owners from applying vermillion and also offering theretha to the animals on the grounds that the water might be laced with drugs.
On the complaints that the animals had ropes tied to their nose, Ballal said it was a precautionary measure. Here it is worth recalling that the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals had said that many buffaloes had even three tight ropes in their nose.