New Delhi: The Centre on Friday issued a notification allowing bull-taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu following extensive demands for its restoration by the political parties in the state.
The ban has been lifted just days ahead of Pongal celebrations in the state and a notification has been issued to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
“…The Central Government, hereby specifies that following animals shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animal, with effect from the date of publication of this notification, namely bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls.”
“Provided that bulls may be continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat in the manner by customs of any community or practiced traditionally,” the notification said.
Centre however has put some conditions for organizing the sport saying that the bullock-cart race shall be organized on a proper track, which shall not exceed two kilometers.
In case of Jallikattu, the bull shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15m, once it leaves the enclosure.
The government has also directed the authorities to ensure that the bulls are put to proper testing by Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department and are in good physical condition to participate in the event.
Jallikattu, also known as Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. A breed of bulls known as “Jellicut” are specially bred for the sporting event. The sport was banned by the Supreme Court in May 2014 citing animal welfare issues.
(With agency inputs)