The Supreme Court has issued an interim stay on the Tamil ritual of Jallikattu for this year meaning there will be no bull taming sport during Pongal this year.
This after the Indian government’s notification allowing Jallikattu was challenged in the Supreme Court.
Animal rights activists have welcomed the apex court’s decision.
Dr RM Kharb, Chairman, Animal Walfare Board, said, “Welcome step. We need to evolve with with time and the Supreme Court’s decision is a major step in that direction.”
Chinni Krishna, an animal rights activist said, “I’m a proud Tamilian and my culture doesn’t warrant cruelty against animals.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Justice R. Banumathi,had recused herself from hearing the jallikattu case in the Supreme Court.
Petitions seeking stay/quashing of batch of petitions were then shifted for hearing to a Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra.
Justice R. Banumathi had first banned jallikattu during her tenure as Judge of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
The central government last Friday had set aside an earlier Supreme Court order, banning the controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
The notification by the BJP-led central government’s environment ministry said, “The Central Government, hereby specifies that following animals shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animal, with effect from the date of publication of this notification, namely bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls.
“Provided that bulls may be continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat in the manner by customs of any community or practiced traditionally,” the notification said.
This was widely deemed as the government’s attempt to woo voters in the election-bound Tamil Nadu.