Tamil Nadu Assembly passes Jallikattu bill
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has tabled the bill to amend the cruelties to animals amid the spate of violence which has hit the state.
Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously adopted the Jallikattu bill on Monday. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has tabled the bill to amend the cruelties to animals amid the spate of violence which has hit the state.
The Governor Vidyasagar Rao termed the bull-taming festival as an unavoidable aspect of Tamil culture. He said the bill seeks to protect the ancient breeds of cattle in the state.
"The actions of the former UPA Government at the Centre led to the banning of Jallikattu. The late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had relentlessly strived to ensure the conduct of Jallikattu through letters and Memoranda addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister requesting suitable amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and by taking up the matter before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, " he told the Assembly.
Hailing the pro-Jallikattu movement as a big step which has led to the passing of the bill, Rao added, "This mass movement has paved the way for lifting the ban on Jallikattu. Thus, after receiving an assurance from the Government of India that State Government’s actions to ensure conduct of Jallikattu would be supported, the State Government has followed the Constitutional route and issued an Ordinance amending the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 in so far as they relate to Tamil Nadu, thereby enabling the conduct of Jallikattu," said the Governor.