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SC slams Centre for permitting Jallikattu

On January 7, the environment ministry, through a formal notification, allowed the sport to take place. The top court, which subsequently put a stop to it, will hear the case again on November 16.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre on Wednesday for allowing use of bulls for entertainment, especially during Jallikattu, saying all these kinds of sport could not be permitted on the ground of cruelty. The court said that it could not allow “Roman gladiator-type sports in India”.

“Bulls can’t he used as entertainment for human beings. It violates law on cruelty and principles of constitution… in this modern world of computers, it is better to play Jallikattu on computer.” According to NDTV, the top court also told Centre, “On the one hand you want us to show compassion to cows and on the other, you want to inflict cruelty on bulls.”

The court’s remarks were a reply to the Tamil Nadu government’s argument that Spain had allowed the “far more cruel” sport of bull-fighting on the grounds of cultural heritage, The Hindu reported. The bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said, “We cannot import a gladiator-type sport. One can use computers for indulging in bull fighting. Why tame bulls for it?”

On January 7, the environment ministry, through a formal notification, allowed the sport to take place. The top court, which subsequently put a stop to it, will hear the case again on November 16.

Referring to Article 48 and 51A of the Constitution, the bench said the government should show compassion towards animals while framing policies. “We are supposed to show compassion to animals. Jallikattu is itself cruelty to animals,” the court said.

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