Here’s all you need to know about this bull fighting sport that has taken the nation by storm.

The first large protests took place at the Marina Beach in Chennai, on the 8th of January 2017. These protests witnessed youth participation in large numbers as they were largely organised via social media. The protests which got violent ended on a peaceful note on the 25th of January 2017 after the intervention of the state riot control police force.

For starters, Jallikattu is a bull fighting sport popular amongst warriors in the Tamil Classical Period. The participants hold the hump of the bull till it comes to a stop or till they remove the flags from its horns. This sport has been a part of the Tamil Culture for over 2000 years now. It is practised as a part of Pongal celebrations in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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It’s like denying pets to people because of a few cases of abuse.

Authorities like PETA through its online petition have been urging the government to halt further legal proceedings on this bull racing sport. They severely criticised the decision of the ministry of environment, forests and climate change to allow Jallikattu and other bull races starting on the 7th of January 2017.

The youth participating in these protests are fighting to safeguard the native breeds from extinction. In the protests at Marina Beach, they came up with street plays and slogans on Jallikattu. To them, it’s not about a bull taming sport; it’s about protecting the bull and saving it from extinction. For this sport that happens once a year, farmers feed, provide shelter and protect the bull. This sport helps them bring home some money to look after their cattle rather than giving it up for slaughter.

There are a few malpractices and accidents due to miscreants that need to be addressed. Although banning the sport is not the best solution. It’s like denying pets to people because of a few cases of abuse.

Organisations like PETA have always taken a stand when an animal’s safety is at risk, and that explains their plea to the government.

These protests are the beginning of a journey for restoration of human as well as animal rights.

 

 

Author: Ekta Mourya

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