Madras High Court bans use of foreign breeds in Jallikattu, only use native bull breeds
Madras High Court bans use of foreign breeds in Jallikattu, only use native bull breeds
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The High court of Madras has directed the State government to ensure that only native breed of bulls are allowed to participate in Jallikattu. Henceforth, there should be a prohibition on participation of foreign breeds such as Bos Taurus or cross / hybrid breed bulls (Bos Taurus x Bos Indicus).

A division bench headed by Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan also directed the state government to encourage bull owners and farmers to groom native breeds by way of subsidy or incentives. The Court said, veterinarians must certify the bulls before participation in Jallikattu.

Agreeing with the concerns expressed by the petitioner who lamented loss of native species, the judges directed the government to encourage bull owners and farmers to groom local breeds by providing subsidy to farmers or bull owners who do so. Veterinarians must certify the bulls before participation in Jallikattu, they ordered. The court also directed the government to avoid artificial insemination of animals as it would deny mating rights of animals which amounts to cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Jallikattu, a centuries-old bull-taming sport is celebrated in the second week of January, during Pongal.

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