Victory
Petitioning The Director, Animal Welfare Division. and 12 others
This petition was delivered to:
The Director, Animal Welfare Division.
The Chairman, AWBI
Ministry of Environment and Forest
The Joint Secretary
Minister for Environment and Forest, New Delhi.
Hon'ble Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
Supreme Court of India, New Delhi
Hon'ble Chief Justice
Animal Welfare Board of India - AWBI
The Secretary
The Speaker, Lok Sabha
HE The Vice President of India, New Delhi.
HE Shri Hamid Ansari
The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi.
Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh
Ministry of Environment and Forest
The Secretary
Shri Naresh Kadyan
OIPA in India
Govt. of Punjab
The Chief Secretary
HE The President of India, New Delhi
His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee

STOP Bullock cart races in India - Sukanya Kadyan

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the Central Government’s notification against the training or exhibition of a bull as a performing animal through the sale of tickets.

A Division Bench of the High Court ruled: “We do not find any illegality in the notification dated July 11, 2011, by which restriction has been imposed by the Central Government on exhibition or training of a bull as a performing animal, which means any performance where public is admitted through the sale of tickets”.

Referring to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, the Bench clarified: “We are sanguine in our consideration that the restriction imposed under Section 22 of the Act would apply in respect of performing animal, who has been exhibited or trained for a public view through sale of tickets and not otherwise”.

At the same time, the Bench held that the notification was not applicable to sports festival at Kila Raipur.

Giving reasons, the Bench asserted: “The events were being held for public entertainment without any sale of ticket in which people from rural Punjab show their strength, endurance and skills in various events, including dog race and bullock cart race. Bullock cart is an integral part of rural India and is still a major means of transportation and bull/ox is regularly used for the purpose of ploughing and other subservient agriculture purposes.” The Bench said it has been observed that the bulls, which are being used for sports, are well looked after, well nourished and are not treated with any cruelty.

The ruling came on a bunch of petitions by Gauraksha Dal and other petitioners. They had challenged the 2011 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. The petitioners had also sought mandamus seeking direction to the State of Punjab to allow bullock cart race in the Rural Olympics, held every year in “as it did not amount to exhibition or training the bulls as performing animal”.

Before parting with the ruling, the Bench also quashed orders dated February 2 and February 10 against bullock cart racing in the games.


Letter to
The Director, Animal Welfare Division.
The Chairman, AWBI
Ministry of Environment and Forest The Joint Secretary
and 10 others
Minister for Environment and Forest, New Delhi. Hon'ble Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
Supreme Court of India, New Delhi Hon'ble Chief Justice
Animal Welfare Board of India - AWBI The Secretary
The Speaker, Lok Sabha
HE The Vice President of India, New Delhi. HE Shri Hamid Ansari
The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi. Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh
Ministry of Environment and Forest The Secretary
Shri Naresh Kadyan OIPA in India
Govt. of Punjab The Chief Secretary
HE The President of India, New Delhi His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee
ALERT for AWBI: Bullock cart races are being arranged in Punjab with in fortnight...... be ready to move to the Supreme Court of India for stay and do you know the bull races taken place in West Bengal?
Animals are not a natural performer and they are being compelled to obey orders under threat for joys and entertainment by the cruel human beings, where as animals are being badly abused during their training period, performance as well.

(h) "Performing animal" means an animal which is used at or for the purpose of any entertainment including a film or an equine event to which the public are admitted.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the Central Government’s notification against the training or exhibition of a bull as a performing animal through the sale of tickets.

A Division Bench of the High Court ruled: “We do not find any illegality in the notification dated July 11, 2011, by which restriction has been imposed by the Central Government on exhibition or training of a bull as a performing animal, which means any performance where public is admitted through the sale of tickets”.

Referring to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, the Bench clarified: “We are sanguine in our consideration that the restriction imposed under Section 22 of the Act would apply in respect of performing animal, who has been exhibited or trained for a public view through sale of tickets and not otherwise”.

At the same time, the Bench held that the notification was not applicable to sports festival at Kila Raipur.

Giving reasons, the Bench asserted: “The events were being held for public entertainment without any sale of ticket in which people from rural Punjab show their strength, endurance and skills in various events, including dog race and bullock cart race. Bullock cart is an integral part of rural India and is still a major means of transportation and bull/ox is regularly used for the purpose of ploughing and other subservient agriculture purposes.” The Bench said it has been observed that the bulls, which are being used for sports, are well looked after, well nourished and are not treated with any cruelty.

The ruling came on a bunch of petitions by Gauraksha Dal and other petitioners. They had challenged the 2011 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. The petitioners had also sought mandamus seeking direction to the State of Punjab to allow bullock cart race in the Rural Olympics, held every year in “as it did not amount to exhibition or training the bulls as performing animal”.

Before parting with the ruling, the Bench also quashed orders dated February 2 and February 10 against bullock cart racing in the games.
Link for judgement, click here - http://www.scribd.com/doc/100526184/Bullock-Cart-Race-allowed-by-the-Punjab-and-Haryana-High-Court-AWBI-absent-to-defend-Naresh-Kadyan
The UN affiliated OIPA in India and PFA Haryana demands:
1. Amend and replace the legislations for animal welfare in India.
2. AWBI be directed to defend the case at appropriate platform and responsible officials be punished, who failed to perform their official duties not defended the matter before the High court.
3. All abused performing bulls, oxen be rescued and rehabilitated with a time frame policy.
Congratulations HE Mr. President Pranab Mukherjee and HE Mr. Vice President Hamid Ansari for your great victory.