The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition filed by Tamil Nadu as it found no ground to allow the state to practise the bull-taming sport Jallikattu, reported ANI.
In response to the centre’s 7 January notification permitting Jallikattu, a Supreme Court Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman had previously asked,
Can bulls be contemplated for entertainment of human mind? Bulls are supposed to rest, why should they race?
Swarajya’s editorial director R Jagannathan had said before on SC’s intervention in the sport,
To use the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to attack a cultural practice that usually kills no man or animal is nothing more than the court indulging a judicial fantasy that it is upholding the constitution...It is not the court’s job to adjudicate in matters cultural except where a human life is involved or there is wanton cruelty to animals that goes beyond mere sport or tradition.
The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014 after animal rights activists petitioned the court citing mishandling of bulls. In this practice, bulls are let loose into an arena where men are challenged to chase and tame the animal. The men also attempt to claim prizes that are tied to the bulls’ horns.
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