India's traditional 'kambala' buffalo race thrills spectators despite animal rights concerns

Scores of spectators cheer on competitors in India's traditional "kambala" buffalo race on Saturday (December 22)

This race took place on a slush track buffalo race in Bantwal district in southwest Karnataka state.

According to some reports, kambala began as long as five centuries ago. The sport started up again in 2017 after being banned by local authorities on the grounds of it being cruel to animals.

Local media reported in September that animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court of India seeking a ban on kambala.