The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill which will allow the state government legalise bullock cart races in the state.
The Bill will amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and also introduces a fine of Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment up to three years in case of cruelty to participating animals. The legislation paves the way for the eventual lifting of the ban on bullock cart races.
After the ban on Jallikattu was lifted in January, the Shiv Sena had sought ending of curbs on the races.
The races are part of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
Dairy Development and Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar, who was part of the sub-committee that finalise the draft Bill, said that the legislation has been framed in a way that it stands the Supreme Court’s scrutiny, The Times of India reported.
Bullock cart races were outlawed in 2014.
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