SC dismisses TN's plea for vacation of stay order against bullfight

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New Delhi, Jan 11 (UNI) The Supreme Court today dismissed an application filed by the Tamil Nadu government for the vacation of stay granted against the bullfight which takes place in the state on the eve of Pongal.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal refused to vacate the stay, holding that the practice of bullfight is ''barbaric and inhuman''.

Chili powder is thrown in the bull's eyes and arac, a form of alcohol is administered to the bulls, which are made to run and fight in great pain.

The apex court refused to accept the cotention of the state government that it was the part of an age old custom and the bullfight also known as 'Jallikattu' takes place for three days in seven different villages of the state every year.

Last year, the Supreme Court had restrained the state government from holding any bullfight on a petiton filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India.

Many bulls have died in the past because of this cruel custom.

According to the board, such practice is barbaric, inhuman and the bulls cannot be subjected to such a cruel practice or the spectators allowed to enjoy the pitiable and helpless condition of the bulls.

The Pongal festival is due to start on January 15 and shall continue till January 17. The board also contended that such a cruel practice cannot be allowed to continue in the name of a festival.

The court accepted the argument of the board and dismissed the application of the State government which means ban against the bullfight shall continue and the animals will not be subjected to the cruelty in the name of custom.

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