New Delhi(ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Centre’s notification on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
The Animal Welfare Board had moved the apex court against Centre’s move to lift ban on the controversial bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
The decision in this regard was pronounced by an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur.
The court also issued notice to the Centre, Tamil Nadu government on petitions filed by various bodies, including Animal Welfare Board of India.
PETA had on Friday had criticised the Central Government’s decision to permit events like ‘Jallikattu’ and bull races in Tamil Nadu and said it would challenge the move in the Supreme Court.
The Ministry Of Environment Forest And Climate Change had issued a notification saying 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 the customs of any community or practiced traditionally under the customs or as part of culture.’
But there were certain provisions that such races will organised on a ‘proper track’ and bulls are put to proper testing by the authorities of the Animal Husbandry.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for paving the way for the sport of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal festivities and expressed her happiness at the Centre’s decision saying that the ‘traditional sport’ upheld the culture and values of the state.Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal festivities and expressed her happiness at the Centre’s decision saying that the ‘traditional sport’ upheld the culture and values of the state.
However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi slammed the Centre’s decision to permit ‘Jallikattu’ saying that the ‘abhorrent’ and ‘brutish’ tradition did not encourage a civilised society.