Bull taming sport Jallikattu always lands in one or the other issue. Animals lovers and organizations like Peta found fault with the sport saying that the sport causes torture for the Bulls. However, people in Tamil Nadu say that the sport is a part of their culture and they cannot compromise on it.
The Supreme Court gave its green signal for the sport by upholding the laws brought by the state governments on the sport. Saying that there is no ban on the sport, the Apex Court said that all the safety measures have to be followed and the government said this in writing.
A bunch of petitions including the one filed by the Animal Welfare Board and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) raised objections to the laws in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra which allows the sport. The petitioners said that allowing the sport will cause pain to the bulls that are involved in the sport.
Talking about Tamil Nadu in particular, the bench of the Supreme Court said that Jallikattu" is a part of Tamil Nadu's cultural heritage and hence there is no ban on it. A Constitution bench, led by Justice K.M. Joseph gave the verdict and rejected the arguments made by the petitioners.
This is not the first time, the Jallikattu issue reached the court. Earlier when a ban was imposed on the sport, the whole of Tamil Nadu came under one roof to fight for the cause. From Politicians to celebrities to film stars everyone supported the sport. Seeing this, the ban was lifted and some restrictions were imposed. Now the issue reached the Supreme Court again.