India’s government has removed Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport played in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, from a list of events that the Supreme Court ruled last year mustn’t involve bullocks.
Jallikattu is played during the harvest festival of Pongal that usually falls in January. On Friday, Pon Radhakrishnan, a minister in India’s transport ministry who is a member of Parliament for Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu said Jallikattu had been permitted by the central government, in a tweet from his verified Twitter account.
In January last year, the Supreme Court had upheld a plea made by the Animal Welfare Board of India that bulls shouldn’t be used as performing animals because doing so contravened the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The court banned their use in Jallikattu as well as in bullock-cart racing. Calls to the welfare board weren’t answered Friday.
News by: wsj.com
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