1. ‘Jallikattu’ ban: Chennai public takes to streets, demands annulment

‘Jallikattu’ ban: Chennai public takes to streets, demands annulment

Scores of people took to the streets in Chennai today seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu', coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away.

By: | Published: January 8, 2017 7:49 PM
Scores of people took to the streets in Chennai today seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu', coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. (ANI) Scores of people took to the streets in Chennai today seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’, coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. (ANI)

Scores of people took to the streets in Chennai today seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’, coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. More than 5000 ‘Jallikattu’ supporters gathered at Marina beach seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers upheld banners and posters and raised slogans against PETA, demanding government to act on their demands.“We don’t do anything to make the bull aggressive, it is their nature,” one of the protestors told ANI. Apart from this, young volunteers – mostly college students – observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers’ problems in the state following drought in many districts.

In May 2014, the Supreme Court banned the practice of ‘Jallikattu’ from all performances where the bulls were involved, citing animal welfare issues. The government later on January 8, 2016, passed an order exempting Jallikattu from all performances where bulls cannot be used, effectively reversing the ban. However, on last November, the apex court had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for ‘Jallikattu’ events in the state.

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Political parties including Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year. DMK also staged a demonstration last Tuesday, urging the State and Central governments to take immediate steps to conduct the sport. The call for annulment of ban on the bull taming sport has intensified just days ahead of the Pongal festival.

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    Narayanan
    Jan 12, 2017 at 7:08 am
    Feel like supreme court don't have time to think what farmers are facing in daily life. But they only know because of jallikattu bulls r ill-treated. But these educated lawyer r not using their brains, because of water problem, so many farmers r doing suicide. No value for human life. But they care for Bull's. Hats off lawyers. Please keep saving animals. But kill human beings.
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