Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jallikattu put on hold by Supreme Court ahead of Pongal

The Supreme Court on 12/01/16 put Jallikattu on hold, days after the Centre allowed the traditional bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra ahead of the Pongal festival.

The top court also issued notices to the Centre and other states asking them to file their responses in four weeks to petitions challenging the central government's notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock-cart races.

The central government, in a gazette notification last week, removed bulls from the list of animals that are banned from public display, thereby allowing the traditional sport during Pongal. This allowed bulls to be exhibited as performing animals at Jallikattu and bullock-cart races in Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab.

In fact, the Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu once before, in May 2014, saying bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or for bullock-cart races.

The apex court acted on a petition filed by the Animal Welfare Board, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and almost a dozen other NGOs working on animal rights, who had challenged the Centre's lifting of the ban in poll-bound Tamil Nadu

After Justice R Bhanumati recused herself from hearing the Jallikattu matter, the arguments in the Supreme Court on Tuesday were heard by another bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra.

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