Supreme Court to hear petitions challenging Centre’s Jallikattu order
The pleas filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, PETA, Compassion Unlimited Plus Action and others say that animals are put in great pain and distress in the sport.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a number of petitions challenging the Centre's decision to allow Tamil Nadu’s bull-taming festival, jallikattu, and bullock cart races to be held. The petitions were filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and other animal rights organisations. A bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur will hear the petitions on an urgent basis on Tuesday.
The AWBI petition deems jallikattu a bloodthirsty sport where animals are put in great pain and distress. The Environment Ministry on Friday had overturned a notification issued in 2011 that prohibited the exhibition or training of bulls and other animals as performing animals. The Supreme Court had upheld this order in 2014.