Despite being rejected by the Supreme Court twice, the Environment Ministry is said to be readying an amendment that will allow the people to continue cultural practices such as Jallikattu (Bull Taming Festival).
The Ministry is said to be readying an amendment which will make changes in Section 22 of ‘the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960’.
Section 22 of the Act deals with restrictions on exhibition and training of performing animals.
The Ministry is believed to have already sent a draft of the amendment to the Law and Justice Ministry, so they can take up ‘The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (amendment) Bill, 2016’.
If passed, the cabinet might just take up the new amendment in the upcoming monsoon session itself.
In January this year, the Supreme Court, for the second time, had retained the ban on Jallikattu, along with other cultural sports like bullock cart racing.
According to reports, the new draft now seeks to add the following in Section 22 of the Act:
“Any animal notified in the official gazette, in exercise of the powers conferred under sub section (II) of section 22 of the Act shall continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events, in a manner prescribed the religion of any community, or practiced traditionally under the customs or as a part of the culture, in any part of the country. These events may, inter-alia, include jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala, Gujarat, etc.”
It is noteworthy that Tamil Nadu has been asking the government for past many months to let the state continue the practice of Jallikattu because it is a centuries-old tradition.