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  • Published
    9th Jan, 2023

Context:

  • A five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the Tamil Nadu law allowing jallikattu.

Challenging the validity of the Law:

  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017: The judgement has avoided the existing legislation considering cruelty against animals, i.e. Bulls in the event.
  • Interpretation of the act: The framers of the 2017 law defined jallikattu as “an event involving bulls conducted with a view to follow tradition and culture”.
  • Preserving cultural right vs. Cruelty against animals: As per under Article 29 (1), jallikattu should be granted constitutional protection as a collective cultural right or ‘perpetuate cruelty to animals’ or were a means to ensure “the survival and well-being of the native breeds of bulls”.
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