Mangaluru, Jan 06, 2015: The District Kambala Samithi comprising Kambala organisers from DK, Udupi and Kasargod districts have resolved to move the High Court against Animal Welfare Board of India inspectors for filing complaints with regard to the recently held Kambalas in the district.
It may be recalled there that the AWBI inspects had filed 65 non-cognizable offences and one FIR on a cognizable offence during the Kambalas held at Mulky, Suratkal and Baradi. According to the Board, there had been violation of Supreme Court guidelines during the Kambala as well as violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, Transport of Animals Rules 1978 and Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001 among others.
The AWBI inspectors had also claimed that they had found several buffaloes with thick ropes in their nose causing them great pain. The animals were also subject to cruelty, they had said in the complaints.
However, the Kambala Samithi had something else to say. According to Bhasker Kotian, President of the Samithi, the whip was used during the Kambala merely for symbolic purpose and added that jockeys too are now averse to whipping as they are likely to be banned from Kambala if they whip the animals.
He even alleged that the Board was hell bent upon banning Kambala.