Apex court prohibits use of bulls in ‘Jallikattu’ festival

It also nixed a proposal by the central government to allow use of bulls by amending the list of animals prohibited from being trained for performances.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2014 5:44 pm
The SC had also once noted that Jallikattu was nothing but a sport inflicting massive cruelty to animals. (Photo: PTI) The SC had also once noted that Jallikattu was nothing but a sport inflicting massive cruelty to animals. (Photo: PTI)

The Supreme Court on Wenesday prohibited use of bulls in south India’s ‘Jallikattu’ festivals, holding this practice to be an offence under the law.

A bench led by Justice K S Radhakrishnan held that use of bulls in such events severely harmed the animals and constituted an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals Act.

 

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The bench struck down a notification by the Tamil Nadu government in this regard and said the central law that prohibited use of the animals shall prevail.

It also nixed a proposal by the central government to allow use of bulls by amending the list of animals prohibited from being trained for performances.

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The Centre’s affidavit in the SC had stated: “In order to strike a balance and to safeguard the interest of all stakeholders including the animals, while keeping in mind the historic, cultural and religious significance of the event and with a view to ensure that no unnecessary pain or suffering is caused to the animals, participants and spectators, the government of India proposes to exempt ‘bulls’ participating in ‘Jallikattu’ in the state of Tamil Nadu from the purview of the 2011 notification.” This stand however failed to find favour with the court.

 

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The animal welfare activists are up in arms against Jallikattu for the past several years. They want the age-old sport to be banned for what they call it as massive cruelties to animals.

After a single judge of the Madras High Court had banned the sport few years ago, the issue was taken to the Supreme Court, where a batch of petitions are now pending for final disposal.

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The SC had also once noted that Jallikattu was nothing but a sport inflicting massive cruelty to animals but allowed it under stringent conditions on vehement request by the Tamil Nadu government.

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First Published on: May 7, 2014 12:07 pm
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    Abhinav
    May 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    Biggest Cruelty of Animals is on Eid ul Zuha (Bakar Eid) where millions of poor animals are sacrificed in supersion
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      ANUJ
      May 7, 2014 at 7:44 am
      Very Sad. It is a show of strength and of bonding with animals and those who care for them. The animals are not killed and it is a sport. Do not ban it.
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        apurav
        May 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm
        Its ridiculous what about bakar id
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          S. Chinny
          May 7, 2014 at 8:44 am
          It took 54 years after the page of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 in which animal fights are specifically banned for the courts to realise that this was illegal!In this w sordid episode, the only person who showed spine was Mr Jairam Ramesh who brought in a notification banning bulls in such events after being convinced of the barbarity and abuse inherent in this. That the same Ministry was willing to file an affidavit withdrawing this notification for jallikattu bulls is pathetic. Kudos to the Animal Welfare Board of India for fighting the good fight. Dr. S. Chinny Krishna
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            Dhuruvan
            May 7, 2014 at 11:04 am
            Great News Guys.... We are all happy about this news... Now, tell me, how many of you want to rear bulls in your backyard? There are around 10000 bulls used for sports which will now end in Slaughterhouse. We need to stop that... Shall We all buy minimum 2 bulls and support them until their death? Please support the bulls... Who are all ready to spend time/money with bulls, please come to messenger. We will save those bulls from these farmers.
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              doesntmatter
              May 8, 2014 at 3:48 am
              Why do we act so cruel against our own pets(GODS)... I agree they strain physically but we prepare them for years like people go for Olympics... in the end they may have little muscle spasms that will be resolved with 2-3 days rest.
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                Vinu Koratty
                May 7, 2014 at 7:24 am
                A very welcome move by the court. Harming a poor pull in the name of sport is nothing but crime against nature..
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                  Jay
                  May 7, 2014 at 11:31 am
                  Could you also be impartial and ban all dog shows, aquariums, circus' and every form of animal cruelty. Also please ban Milk and Milk products completely as this is a more cruel practice to steal the mothers' milk of a young calf. Its a shame that traditional and cultural values are being wiped off. Now the owners of bulls would not bother to even care for them as the show of how well they cared for is banned !
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                    Jay
                    May 9, 2014 at 5:09 am
                    Is Bakar id the only time we are cruel to animals? We want to use the leather, meat, milk and all sorts of milk products and consider them less cruel. How are we less cruel when we strip the skin of the animals and wear it as chappals, shoes, watch straps, belts... etc.? When you drink your coffee remember that you have stolen the mothers milk of a calf. If you can celebrate festivals with ghee and sweets made of milk, why not someone else celebrate with meat?
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                      Indian
                      May 7, 2014 at 11:42 am
                      What about pink revolution and beef export? Aren't those cows and bulls?
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                        pekon
                        May 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm
                        good. some checks are needed.Let animals also live peacefully, they are part of eco-system like you, not an object of just your work, food or entertainment.
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                          pekon
                          May 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm
                          yes, if you read the law (and if you really do) there are rules in which only certain kind of animals (old-age) and some reasons can be slaughtered.But how many times have you shouted against people slaughtering animals in actual ? Face it most people who write on these forums don't have guts to voice our opinions on actual grounds, or walk against the crowd.Ever visited any of the animal care center like CUPA :www.cupabangalore/ or any other in your city ?
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                            Ragh
                            May 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm
                            Supreme court is overreaching its judicial authority to interfere in local customs/traditions.These are best left to the local authorities. There can be no one rule fits all states in a country as diverse as ours. People might be eating other animals for supper after hectic day fighting cruelty to bulls. Straight Animal slaughter is fine, but meat consumption after offering them to their gods is cruelty!!! Hyprocrisy at its worst. Why not SPCA ask for a comrehensive policy of stopping cruelty to animals by banning all slaughter houses. For me, pain is pain and cruelty is cruelty and it is not more in sports and less in slaughter houses.
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                              Sourav
                              May 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
                              secular festival, no comments
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                                sumanaspati reddy
                                May 8, 2014 at 3:50 am
                                The judgement shows scant regard for tradition as well as nature! And exhibits scant understanding of the very nature of sport, and the need for quenching the violent impulses of human beings. Judiciary must understand the limits of its jurisdiction!
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                                  Viral Ponda
                                  May 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm
                                  So if it is done in other countries where bull fighting is famous and part of culture...Why is indian Hindu culture being opposed.... Why is it not cruelty to animals in Bakri Id. ?
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