Ban on bullfighting sport to stay in India

Ban on bullfighting sport to stay in India

Ban on bullfighting sport to stay in India

Written by Staff Writer

12 Jan, 2016 | 4:56 pm

India’s apex court on Tuesday, January 12 issued an interim stay on the federal government’s notification that allowed popular but controversial bullfighting sport ‘Jallikattu’ to be held in southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Organised as part of the January harvest festival of ‘Pongal’, Jallikattu is India’s version of the running of the bulls which takes place every year in the Spanish city of Pamplona.

Indian government on January 08 allowed bullfighting sport to be held with new guidelines, ignoring a Supreme Court ban and protests from animal rights activists after a strong political demand for the banned traditional sport.

But the notification by the government was challenged by animal rights activists and other groups fighting against animal cruelty.

“It was highly irregular that the ministry did this and secondly it is in the face of Supreme Court judgment declaring these events illegal and unconstitutional. So the Supreme Court has passed an interim stay,” said lawyer, Anjali Sharma.

The court judgement came as a big victory for animal rights activists who believed that such events promote gambling.

“The truth is that such activities are an excuse for gambling and alcoholism. There is betting on this in states where animals are made to fight or are involved in some race. It has nothing to do with the culture,” said an activist, Gauri Maulekhi.

Fighters and muscular wild bulls — often pepped up with large amounts of homemade liquor — dash after each other in the streets of Tamil Nadu.

Unlike the Spanish version of the sport, the aim is not to kill the bulls but to dominate and tame them, and pluck away bundles of money or other treats tied to their specially sharpened horns.

Fighters and spectators have been gored or trampled to death, and the number of injured fighters has often run into the hundreds. The festival has been marketed as a tourist attraction in recent years.


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