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Punjab cabinet approves Bill to allow annual bullock cart races

Date: 18 February 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws

Punjab Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approved introduction of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2019 in current Budget Session of State Assembly. Enactment of this bill pave way for revival of bullock cart races at annual Kila Raipur rural sports meet in Ludhiana.

Background

The bullock cart races were prohibited by Supreme Court in 2014. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (Central Act 59 of 1960) was enacted to prevent infliction of unnecessary cruelty and suffering on animals. This law also recognises need to exempt application of its provisions in certain circumstances.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2019

  • It will exempt bullock-cart racing in Kila Raipur rural sports event from provisions of said Central Act 59 of 1960.
  • It will allow bullock-cart racing, considering its significant role played in traditional rural sports event and fair, which has been taking place at Kila Raipur (Ludhiana) since 1930s.
  • The ban will be removed considering significant of bullock-cart racing in enriching cultural heritage and tradition of Punjab, and being great source of entertainment, especially for rural Punjab.