The Centre is all set to allow the popular bull taming sport Jallikattu, this Pongal, along with few other bullock races this New Year.
The announcement was made by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar who while addressing the media said that the final decision would be taken by January 1, 2016.
“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.”
Though the government is likely to issue an order on this topic by January 1, it is said that events involving animals will be permitted to continue “for sometime.”
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 Tamil Nadu government few days back had also requested PM Modi to remove the ban on Jallikattu so that morale of the people in Tamil Nadu can be kept up.
In 2014, the Supreme Court had banned the sport of Jallikattu along with other bull related spots like bullock-cart races across the country.
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.
But many states like Tamil Nadu were not happy with the decision as the ban not only dampened Pongal festivities, but also put a stop to a tradition which was practised in the sate for centuries.
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.