Jallikattu is a game for which both the bull and the people are prepared well. The animal is sacred for the people who raise these bulls. The bulls are considered a part of the family and are worshipped. The sport is neither meant to be cruel to animals nor cause injuries to people. If injuries are caused, that has to be taken care of. In the Kumbh Mela, we have lost so many lives, many die in train accidents. If people die on the roads we cannot ban vehicles. If you want to ban this, then what about horses who are tamed for horse riding? The same could also be called cruelty. Instead of banning the ancient sport, regulations to minimize accidents and mischief by fringe elements should be in place and enforced. Safety regulations can be introduced to minimize casualties.
If we want to genuinely show our love for animals, let us focus on banning slaughter houses, which are endangering the indigenous breeds of animals. In Orissa, 15 local breeds have gone extinct. Tamil Nadu has managed to preserve these native breeds and Jallikattu is one of the reasons why they have been able to do so.
We need to re-look at the whole situation. There needs to be an honest representation of facts in the court. People should appeal again to the court and the case must be revisited in fair light.
However, I appeal to people of Tamil Nadu, not to allow anti-social elements to hijack this movement and cause violence and chaos in the state. Let’s keep politics and anti-social elements out of this movement for justice. Have patience. These laws cannot be repealed overnight. The youth have made their point with the massive protest. Now I appeal to them to go back to schools and colleges.
Unfortunately, people think that this is the doing of the government. I would request the youth to educate their fellow protestors that the government cannot do much in this case because the matter is sub judice in the court. Let an appeal be made in the court. We still have one year. I hope that Jallikattu will be back by next Pongal.
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