OBSERVING THAT it cannot allow “Roman gladiator-type sports in India”, the Supreme Court Wednesday questioned the central government for coming out with a notification permitting bulls to be used for entertainment and games like Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
“We cannot import a gladiator-type sport. One can use computer for indulging in bull fighting. Why tame bulls for it? Bulls are supposed to rest, why should they race?” a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra asked Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, who appeared for the Centre.
The court added that prima facie Jallikattu involves cruelty against animals. “And there is prohibition of cruelty. We have to show compassion to the animals. It is our constitutional obligation,” said the bench as the law officer contended that the government was empowered under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 to enlist animals to be used as performing ones.