Kambala used to be held in coastal regions of Karnataka. It was especially popular in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. In Kambala, two water buffaloes, yoked together, were made to run at top speed down a muddy, water-filled route. They were guided and whipped along by a man who ran with them.
Activists had pointed out that water buffaloes are not built for speed and it is unnatural to make them run in such stress-filled conditions.
Vatal Nagaraj, a former legislator known for his many protests on many different issues, took to the streets of Bengaluru to demand that Kambala be restored to the people.
As in Tamil Nadu, social media is also playing a role.
#ISupportKambala banning kambala is nonsense. It's sport, no animal is hurt here.— Udaya (@udayamehendale) January 23, 2017
Last year in November, the Karnataka High Court had banned Kambala races following a public interest litigation filed by PETA.