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E. Java bans Madura’s ‘karapan sapi’ bull races on cruelty grounds

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 13 2012   /  10:52 am
Racing bulls: A jockey spurs on his bulls during the 2010 President’s Cup race in Pamekasan, Madura Island, in this Oct. 24, 2010, photo. The East Java administration has banned the traditional racing which animal lovers say constitutes cruelty against animals. (JP/Indra Harsaputra)(JP/Indra Harsaputra)

Racing bulls: A jockey spurs on his bulls during the 2010 President’s Cup race in Pamekasan, Madura Island, in this Oct. 24, 2010, photo. The East Java administration has banned the traditional racing which animal lovers say constitutes cruelty against animals. (JP/Indra Harsaputra)The East Java provincial administration has temporarily banned karapan sapi bull racing, a cultural icon of the community in Madura, following calls from local clerics opposed to cruelty to animals.

East Java Tourism Office’s Tourism Product Development Affairs head Sunarmaji said his office had banned the karapan sapi until further notice, including the President’s Cup event that was to be run at the end of December.

“The ban has been mutually agreed upon by the government, clerics and bull owners in Madura,” Sunarmaji told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The karapan sapi was intro...