The Union government has reversed the existing stand of banning animal sports like the Jallikkattu in Tamil Nadu, by saying that it will let such practices continue while making sure that animals are not subjected to cruelty. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that few such races will be allowed during the New Year.
“Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, bullock cart race in Maharashtra, Kambala in Karnataka and some sort of race using bullocks in Punjab has been traditionally and culturally practiced for centuries. We want to respect that but also ensure that there should be no cruelty,” he said.
According to the Minister, the government is positive on the issue and the good news willb e given within the next couple of days.” We have found out some ways and will announce by January 1”, he added.
Jallikkattu, also known as Eruthazhuvuthal in Tamil Nadu is a bull taming sport performed as a part of the Pongal celebrations, especially on the Mattu Pongal Day. Earlier the Supreme Court had banned jallikettu and other sports events involving cruelty to animals across the country. It has also directed the Animal Welfare Board of India to take proper steps to prevent inflicting unnecessary pain on animals.
However, this directive has dampened the festival spirit in the state, and making the Chief Minister Jayalalitha to urge the Center to allow the continuation of the practice.
According to the ministerial sources, the Environmental ministry had consulted with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and is likely to issue an executive order in this regard on January first.