TN government passes Jallikattu bill to legalize bull taming sport

In a significant move, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday passed the much-awaited law legalising Jallikattu. The bull taming sport, which is hugely popular in Tamil Nadu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.

The law in place will overtake the Jallikattu ordinance that was brought into place on January 21, which amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, under which the sport was banned.

The Jallikattu bill was moved by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselavam in the state assembly on Monday, and was passed rather swiftly. Earlier, Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao informed the state assembly that the bill to replace the ordinance, which was issued so that Jallikattu could be held would be placed in the assembly immediately.

Jallikattu photo

Jallikattu. Photo courtesy : Iamkarna/Wikipedia.

Jallikattu activists welcomed the passage of the Jallikattu bill. While speaking to the media, P. Rajasekhar, President of the Jallikattu Peravai, said he was happy with the decision.

Even as the state assembly took up the Jallikattu bill for discussion, former judge Hari Parandhaman explained the characteristics in detail to the protesters at the Marina beach in Chennai. He also assured the protesters that the law is a permanent solution for the protection if Jallikattu.

Apart from legalising Jallikattu, the Jallikattu bill also listed the various safety measures for bulls that would be used in the sport as well as the way in which the sport should be held.

The protesters, however, are continuing to fight for a permanent solution for Jallikattu. They want an amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by the central government removing bull from the list of performing animals.

It should be noted that an ordinance has a life span of six months and it would lapse unless and until a law is passed that can replace it. Meanwhile, two people died on Sunday as Jallikattu was held in the state following the Jallikattu ordinance.


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