The Centre is all set to allow the popular bull taming sport Jallikattu, this Pongal, along with few other bullock races this New Year.
AP – Arun Sankar K.
“Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, bullock cart race in Maharashtra, Kambala in Karnataka and some sort of race using bullocks in Punjab has been traditionally and culturally practised for centuries. We want to respect that but also ensure that there should be no cruelty. Therefore, we will give you good news in the next couple of days.
The minister further added:
“We will give you good news so that the cultural practice can be followed as well as cruelty should not happen to animals. We have found out some ways and will announce by January 1. The government is positive on the issue.”
Jallikattu, also known as Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.
The court had also directed governments and Animal Welfare Board of India to take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals.
Javadekar, earlier too had hinted that the Centre was considering taking steps, including amending laws so that the tradition sport could be allowed.
The BJP’s state unit has been demanding that the practice be resumed.