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PETA to move SC challenging laws allowing Jallikattu, Kambala

Animal rights group PETA will move the Supreme Court challenging the legislation passed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka state assemblies allowing Jallikattu and Kambala respectively.

“We will challenge the legislations in the Supreme Court. We will do it in the next few days. We are consulting our lawyers on whether to challenge both the state laws together or separately,” Manilal Valliyate, Director of Veterinary Affairs at PETA India, was quoted by PTI as saying.

On January 31, The Supreme Court has refused to stay the legislation while hearing the petition submitted by animal welfare bodies.

In 2014, the apex court has banned the bull taming sport citing animal cruelty. Thecourt had upheld the order in 2016 when it dismissed the state government’s petition.

In January 2017, Tamil Nadu government had promulgated an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act to hold the sport after the week-long protests by youth and students.

Similarly, Kambala was banned in November 2016, after PETA cited animal cruelty in the traditional sport.

Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu, while Kambala is a buffalo race held in coastal regions of Karnataka.

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