The Narendra Modi government has lifted the ban on Jallikattu (bull taming) in Tamil Nadu.
Making the announcement, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan tweeted: ‘The Union government has made arrangements to allow Jallikattu in TN.’
The ban on Jallikattu was lifted just ahead of Pongal festivities in the state. A notification to this effect was issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Animal rights activists have argued that the sport leads to animal cruelty as well as human deaths.
The Supreme Court had in May 2014 upheld a notification by the Environment and Forests Ministry categorising bulls in the list of animals which shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals.
Leading Tamil politicians including state Congress Chief EVKS Elangovan, MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK leader S Ramadoss have welcomed the move while reminding the centre to ensure the legal safety of the notification. Reacting to the notification, Don Williams of Blue Cross, leading animal welfare organisation said the ban has not been lifted by the Supreme Court of India but only by the politicians. “It seems now the animals have to start speaking for themselves. Learnt judges of the highest court of the country had banned it in the interest of both humans and animals. Politicians have lifted the ban now. People will realise which was the intelligent decision. Animal Welfare Board of India and other organisations will definitely challenge this in the court,” he said.