The validity of Tamil Nadu ordinance allowing Jallikattu has been challenged by the Supreme Court in a petition filed by animal rights activists. The SC fixed January 30 as the date of hearing of the plea.
It may be recalled that Tamil Nadu passed the proposed Jallikattu bill on January 23, which was approved by the Centre. The Bill was also cleared by the President and the Governor.
The Animal Welfare Board and others filed the plea in the SC to reject the ordinance allowing Jallikattu to be conducted in the state. The activists said Tamil Nadu and the Centre were trying to play hanky-panky with the 2014 SC verdict against animal cruelty, including Jallikattu. They added the law framed by Tamil Nadu was illegal and unconstitutional, and said that the SC reject it.
After passing an ordinance, the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a bill—Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017—exempting Jallikattu from the provisions of the law.
Meanwhile, PETA India in a reply to actor Kamal Haasan’s dare to ban bull riding rodeos in the US, said the body helps animals only in India. He told the media that the agitation against Jallikattu ban was a symbol of discontent among people of the state.
Kamal in a tweet told PETA, Jallikattu shouldn’t be banned, but regulated. He continued, “PETA go ban bull riding rodeos in Mr. Trump’s US. You’re not qualified to tackle our bulls. Empires have been made to quit India.”
“As is suggested by its name, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India helps animals in India only,” said CEO Poorva Joshipura.
Since 1980, PETA US has been striving to stop animal abuse in the US, where bullfighting is illegal and rodeo is also against the law in many states.
Further, the rodeo is prohibited in the UK, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. Spanish supporters of another organisation, PETA Europe, have made bull fights in Spain illegal.