Following the example of Jallikattu in TamilNadu, Government of Maharastra too have passed the bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, making it legal to have bullock cart races in the state.
According to the amendment, any person found guilty of injuring or causing harm to the animal shall be punished with three years imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.
According to the Maharashtra amendment sec 28 (2) organizing bullock cart races to follow and promote tradition and culture will not be an offense.
Before bullock cart races were an integral part of Pune festival organized during Ganpati festival. People have claimed that the sport has been around for more than three centuries.