Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has approached the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana high court's decision to lift a ban on the bullock cart races. Maneka, who is the founder-president of NGO People for Animals (PFA), filed the writ petition in New Delhi on Friday, said the president of the Ludhiana PFA chapter, Sandeep Jain.
It was on July 4 that the high court passed a judgment saying that racing bullock carts in festivals and meets like Kila Raipur Games was not cruelty as bullocks are treated well by their masters. This decision was given by the bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar on a bunch of petitions filed by Malwa-Doaba Bulls Welfare Association and others.
However, the president of the Malwa-Doaba Bulls Welfare Association,Jasbir Singh Bittu, said they had not received any legal information regarding this petition filed by PFA. "We will run the bullocks on Sunday for the time trials at Kila Raipur," he added.