Mangaluru: Pleading to ban Kambala, PETA approaches Supreme Court again

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP) 

Mangaluru, Nov 29: Even as Kambala season is set to commence, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court again, against continuance of Kambala buffalo race being organized in slushy fields, which is a folk sport that is part and parcel of the culture of Karnataka coast. 

PETA, which has been fighting against organizing Kambalas since 2014, had also succeeded in staying Kambala sport for a few years. With the concerted efforts of organizers, people who raise buffaloes for racing, Kambala Samiti, and others spanning over four years, all obstacles for holding Kambalas were cleared. Last year, Kambalas were held in accordance with government rules, and they had proved to be a hit.


Some of the rules prescribed as not to thwack the animals during the race, not to use cane, not to insert ropes through the noses of animals, not to make them run for over 100 meters at a time, not to make the animals run when the temperature outside is high. PETA, which reportedly has captured video footage of violation of certain rules in some races, now has requested the SC to stay operation of Kambalas. 

PETA says that rules were violated in Kambalas last year at Baradibeedu, Moodbidri, Vamanjoor Tirivailguthu and Kulur. They claim that the buffaloes were tortured, they were made to run even during high heat conditions, they were hit with canes and that gambling is going on in the name of Kambala. 

So far there is no indication when hearing into the application will begin. 

Undivided Dakshina Kannada district Kambala Committee president, P R Shetty, felt that no one would be able to stop Kambalas which have already been approved by the state, central governments as well as the Governor and President. He lamented the renewed efforts being made by PETA to ban Kambalas with the help of some twisted video clips. He added that all out preparations for successfully organizing Kambalas for 2019-20 are being made under the supervision of the deputy commissioner of the district, police, and animal husbandry department.


Comment on this article

  • Indian, India

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    If kambala can't be banned, even beef all over India can't be banned !

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    BAN... PETA... FIRST....

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  • madanson, mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    first PETA should demonstrate what they are doing for animals? we couldn't seen any action plan or any kind of project by the PETA for the animals especially in DK & Udupi. people don't have any clue about the activities of PETA. we seen only protest, filing case in courts nothing else. They didn't file a case for illegal transportation of cow & even they don't bothered about cow theft case. then what is the motive of these organisation.

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  • Gauri Shanker, Dubai

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    STOP this cruelty which is being popularised in the name of culture.

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  • Royston Prabhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Mr. Shetty, you say ... "I feel animals such as buffaloes and horses and ox etc are designed by nature to absorb such whips .. " ... aren't cows created as food for human beings?

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    What about horse races ? In kambla the animals are not fighting against each other ..unlike jalli kattu.
    Its just the whip in the begining ..I feel animals such as buffaloes and horses and ox etc are designed by nature to absorb such whips ..
    The Kambla buffaloes are treated like a king all round the year.

    This is another PETA gimmick ..they are trying to find soft targets like kumbla ..They know mangaloreans will never raise their voice...
    Just visit some poultries and farms ..see the atrocities there ..
    PETA better stick to showing nude women as brand ambassadors..

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    PETA can't u see many PETHA kalwas

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  • Deepak, Manipal

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    PETA doesnot have any concern for animals.They are taking only publicity in the name of Kambala Ban.If you people have real concern for animals then build a home for stray dogs and others animals.I see many dogs and cats die in highways.If PETA really has a good concern first start something for animals.banning kambala can not only stop our rich tradition but also may stop buffalo rearing.if you have money please provide food for all stray animals instead of wasting money to filing case.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Ban the whip & enjoy this game ...

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  • Peta Lover, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    People who object Kambala ban , should visit kambala and have a close look at this buffalos, how they have been treated, you can openly see the skin stripped due to the impact hit hardly on their skin,

    just like the a blade run on humans skin, and see buffalos bleeding, the huge noise pollution also creates tension and mental torcher to this buffalos , please treat this animals with love and affection not as sport or pride for winning.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi /Udupi

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    My neigbhour killing dogs and cats by poisioning for entering their yard ... What to do !!

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    IPC Section 428: Mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless any animal of the value of 10 rupees or upwards - 2 Years or Fine or Both

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    First you educate him and if he turns out to mentally unsound, coz only mentally unsound does this kind of behaviour and if he attacks you then You can file a case for animal abuse and also click the picture and share on social media

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  • ayesha devi, mangaluru

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    1. It is said that Chanakya was giving a dose of poison daily to Chandragupta to become immune to poisoning.
    2. you can prevent dogs & cats entering from neighbour's yard.
    3. take video shot of your neighbour poisoning the dogs & cats and send it to PETA.
    4. Advise your neighbour to love animals
    5. Pray to God.

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  • Mangalorean, MANGALURU

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Lodge a police complaint, they will get the post Mortem done of the animals and proceed with the case. Make sure the report goes in all local media, public shaming a d boycott is tge only way to deal with such inhumane people.

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