AWBI order says villagers derived a different meaning of the word ‘bull’ from its GR last year; ban on bullock-cart race to stay
Undeterred by a Government Resolution (GR) banning bullock-cart races in the state, the villagers of Karanti in Shirur taluka and Vadgaon Kandali in Junnar taluka had last year organised bullockcart races to celebrate the birthday of NCP legislator and Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Dilip Walse-Patil. The villagers had claimed that the animals used in the races are not ‘bulls’ but ‘saandh/valu’ (castrated bulls which are left unattended in the villages).
Now, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has cracked the whip making it clear that no such meaning should be derived by anybody and that there is a total ban on bullock-cart race. The AWBI order, issued to all police units in the state two days ago, reads “Bull mhanje baill. There is a ban on bullock-cart races in the state.”
The Government of India Gazette too clearly mentions that wherever "bull" is mentioned no other meaning should be derived from it. ‘Bull’ is the word which describes the entire species (the class of the animal).
The order further states that the GR dated September 12, 2011, bans all sort of races in which animals are used. The AWBI notification orders the police to keep a vigil in the villages and cities to avert such bull races and to book the organisers under the proper provision of law.
According to the order, the villagers and local politicians organised the races at Junnar and Shirur taking a different meaning of the GR. The races were organised on October 22 and 23, 2011 at Shirur while at Junnar they were organised between October 30 and November 1, 2011.
The bullock-cart races were organised to celebrate the birthday of NCP legislator and Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Dilip Walse-Patil last year