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Jallikattu Integral To Tamil Heritage; Supreme Court Allows The Festival Sport

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Thursday May 18, 2023

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on  Thursday lend its nod for Jallikattu,  the bull-taming sport of Tamll Nadu. The apex court endorsed the Tamil Nadu law citing the game was integral to Tamil culture and heritage and also provisions that ensured the animal was taken care of well.

Jallikattu also known as “Eruthzhuvuthal”  is held  during the Pongal harvest  festival in Tamil Nadu, where young men attempt to tame a raging bull by hanging onto it for as long as possible.  

In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, “substantially minimizes cruelty to animals in sports”. The  Act stipulates a number of measures toward bulls welfare including the right food, water and prohibition  to use of any sharp objects on chemicals on them.


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