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Jallikattu is a bull’s game day event happening in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. Bulls are bred specifically by some private rich persons of the village& temples for the event.
Bullfighting was common among the ancient tribes who lived in the ‘Mullai’ geographical division of the ancient Tamil country.Later, it became a platform for display of bravery and prize money was introduced for entertainment.
The event often results in major injuries and deaths with over 200 deaths over the past two decades.
Animal activists, the FIAPO (Federation of India Animal Protection Agencies) and PETA India have protested against the practice over the years.
The Animal Welfare Board of India has filed a case in the Supreme Court of India for an outright ban on Jallikattu because of the cruelty to animals and the threat to public safety involved. Protestors point out that Jallikattu is promoted as bull taming, but that there is no ‘taming’ involved at all. Jallikattu exploits the bulls’ natural nervousness as prey animals by deliberately placing them in a terrifying situation in which they are forced to run away from those they perceive as predators. The practice effectively involves catching a terrified animal, not taming it.
|Animal Welfare Board: The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. From ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed, to provide grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advising the Government of India on animal welfare issues, the Board has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country since 1962.The Board consists of 28 Members. The term of office of Members is for a period of 3 years.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters. PETA India focuses primarily on the areas in which the greatest numbers of animals suffer the most: in the food and leather industries, in laboratories and in the entertainment industry. PETA India’s investigative work, public education efforts, research, animal rescues, legislative work, special events, celebrity involvement and national media coverage have resulted in countless improvements to the quality of life for animals and have saved countless animals’ lives.
Federation of India Animal Protection Agencies: FIAPO's main aim is to help connect up, and inform, animal protection organizations and activists across India. The aim is to strengthen animal protection by strengthening organizations themselves; not to become an “alternative” to existing organizations but on the contrary, to be an expression of their strength and an amalgam of their collective expertise and passion.