Day 2: NGO organises awareness drive on taking good care of bulls

After the ministry of Rural Development banned bull races last year citing cruelty to animals, the organisers of the 77th Kila Raipur - after getting permission to hold bull races this year - are taking extra effort and organising awareness drives for jockeys to treat their bulls with care. Jagbir Singh Grewal, president of Grewal sports association said: "One NGO had approached us and we were more than happy to arrange such a drive after last year's controversy."

Jockeys were told by veterinarians not to give any alcoholic drink to bulls to enhance their performance in addition to not hitting their bulls or twisting their tales while in competition.

The participants, however, claimed they take extra care of their animals and were not resorting to any cruelty. Jagjeet Singh, winner of Thursday's time trail race said, "We purchase our bulls for lakhs and their daily diet is worth Rs 1,000. In addition to this eight persons are kept as care takers. So who will want to give them something which is not good for their health."

Grewal said, "The jockeys informed that an hour before the run, they give their bulls black tea so that their stomach can be clear before the run. Many watching it from a distance assume it as an alcoholic drink."

PWD Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon inaugurated the show while MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the stadium.

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