Setting aside a Supreme Court order, the central government on Friday issued an executive order allowing 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.
Analysts suspect this has been done keeping the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in mind as there were growing demands from political parties for its restoration in the state.
According to a PTI report, crackers were burst and sweets distributed in southern districts of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the news as the decision comes just ahead of the Pongal festival. Jallikattu also known Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.
Though the centre has applied some conditions, saying bullock cart race shall be organised on a proper track, which shall not exceed two kms, the animal rights activists have said this was not enough to stop animal cruelty.
They say that the participants often subject the bulls t0 considerable cruelty by applying chilly powders in their genitals.
Under the Jallikattu ritual, the bull is expected to be tamed soon after it leaves the enclosure within a radial distance of 15 metres.