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BJP Loses its Moral Compass in the Blood Sport of Politics

The Modi government has brought a 40-year struggle against cruelty to bulls to nought with the mere stroke of a pen

Nothing Cruel About It? Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. Credit: Thaya Nanth/Flickr CC 2.0

Nothing Cruel About It? Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. Credit: Thaya Nanth/Flickr CC 2.0

It took the Bharatiya Janata Party less than 24 months in power to begin to look exactly like the Congress. If the terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Base makes Rajnath Singh look like Shivraj Patil and Ajit Doval like P. Chidambaram, if Prakash Javadekar – who tweaked the environment ministry’s 2011 notification to bring back jallikattu – is only Jayanthi Natrajan with a beard, then in his supreme inaction and silence, Modi has transformed himself, in harmony with the larger picture, to look like Manmohan Singh.

The finer lines of distinction between the Congress and BJP were washed away when the BJP on Friday disregarded the Supreme Court order of May 7, 2014 banning jallikattu and, through executive order, lifted the ban on this cruel and decadent sport. It was Shah Bano all over again and the worst losers in this shameful, retrograde act are the hapless bulls, the sanctity of the orders of the Supreme Court, and, by extension, democracy through rule of law.

With this single act of thumbing its nose at the Supreme Court, the BJP – like the Congress before – has sent the unfortunate signal once again that court orders are binding only upon ordinary citizens, and governments are above the law; lifting the ban on jallikattu by circumventing the order of the apex court has put the executive on a collision course with the judiciary.

When senior ministers in the Modi sarkar – including Prakash Javadekar and Pon Radhakrishnan and MPs from Tamil Nadu – began issuing statements last September to the effect that the BJP government at the Centre will bring back jallikattu in time for the festival of Pongal, the media asked animal rights activists whether the lifting of the ban was feasible. My view at the time was that jallikattu could come back in January 2016 only if the BJP government did one of the following four things:

  1. File a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a review of the May 7, 2014 order banning jalliakttu
  2. Remove bulls from the environment ministry’s list of animals which are not performing animals and which therefore may not be trained or exhibited or used in sport or entertainment
  3. Amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960) in such a way that cruelty to bulls in jallikattu, rekla, kambala and bullock cart races in Maharashtra are kept out of the purview of the PCA Act
  4. Dissolve the Animal Welfare Board of India – which the environment ministry was obliged by the Supreme Court to consult before amending in any manner the list of performing animals.  Javadekar, as minister, could then appoint a new board with members who would go along with the his views on history, culture and tradition and what constitutes cruelty to animals.

In the end, the Modi government did something so absurd that were it not so tragic, would be laughable. Adhering to the SC directive not to effect any change to the list animals which cannot be used in sport or entertainment,  Javadekar kept bulls on the list but added two new paragraphs that while in general bulls may not be deemed to be performing animals, the government is making an exception for bulls used in jallikattu, rekla, kambala and bullock cart races. The million dollar question which remains is – what other bulls are there?

The other animals in this list are lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and panthers; circus animals in short. By keeping bulls on the list but making an exception for bulls for the explicit purpose of jallikattu, the next logical move would be for circus owners to rush to the Supreme Court praying for an order that would direct the Modi sarkar to adopt the same measure with regard to other animals too. Javadekar can now be expected not to make any changes to the list but to issue another notification with two additional paragraphs saying lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and panthers are animals that may not be made to perform – except for those that are used in circuses to do unnatural things like playing football, smoking cigarettes, walking on two legs, swaying to Bollywood songs and riding a motorcycle.

Lifting the ban on jallikattu is not the only or first anti-animal decision taken by Prakash Javadekar. A few months ago, he enraged animal activists and all sensitive and sensible people when he declared that his government was considering notifying certain animals as vermin; this meant that the government could order the killing of certain species of animals in a specific locality for a fixed period of time These animals included the wild boar and nilgai. This extreme and ill-considered policy decision was Javadekar’s response to what he called “growing man-animal conflict”. The state is the ultimate protector of all life and of the environment. Javadekar has the dubious distinction of being the first minister in the country’s history to sanction the killing of wildlife; thus far we do not know what the Prime Minister’s views are on this state-sanctioned killing of animals.

Legal history of jallikattu in our courts

The South Indian Humanitarian League and Blue Cross of India in the last 39 years repeatedly moved the Petitions’ Committee of the Tamil Nadu state legislature to ban jallikattu and other sport using bulls, with little success. The case reached the state’s courts only in 2004.

Subdued and Tormented. Credit: Vinoth Chandar/Flickr CC 2.0

Subdued and Tormented. Credit: Vinoth Chandar/Flickr CC 2.0

In 2004, Justice FM Ibrahim Khalifulla of the Madras high court  (now a Supreme Court judge) passed an order on rekla with the rider that the organisers should cause no injury to the animals. The learned judge pronounced this oxymoron of an order in response to a petition seeking court directive to the police to permit the conduct of rekla in connection with a temple festival in Ramanathapuram. The petitioner went to the high court because the local police refused permission to conduct this brutal sport.

In 2006, another petitioner who was refused permission by the police to conduct jallikattu, approached the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court for court directive to permit the event; another petition in the same court was filed by the father of a man who was killed during jallikattu the previous year.

This time, Justice R Banumathi (now a Supreme Court judge), taking note of the purview of the PCA Act in its entirety, in a stern order banned “all types of jallikattu, rekla race, oxen race or any other entertainment involving causing cruelty to animals”. Justice Banumathi, adhering to the letter and spirit of the PCA Act, went beyond jallikattu which alone was the object of the petition, and pronounced an order banning all sport involving use of bulls.

The petitioner, who was seeking court permission to conduct jallikattu, went in appeal against Justice Banumathi’s order and the case was heard by a division bench of Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and PPS Janarthana Raja. On March 9, 2007, the division bench set aside the order of the single judge and allowed jallikattu with conditions attached to the order – conditions which applied to ‘Performing Animals’ under the PCA Act.

The Tamil Nadu government was made respondent in the case and the argument placed by it before the court was that jallikattu must be allowed because it was a huge tourist attraction and some of the larger venues where it is held, like Alanganallur in Madurai district, attracted thousands of foreign tourists every year. Tourism is big business and if the tourists are foreigners then the business is even bigger. Alanganallur jallikattu is a state-sponsored event and the division bench, completely ignoring the letter and spirit of the PCA Act, delivered a judgment which in effect meant that the human abuse of animals would not be prevented but only ‘monitored and regulated’.

The division bench stipulated monitoring of jallikattu by the local magistrate, district collector, veterinary officers, AWBI volunteers and police. The conditions also included the following:

  • Owners of bulls must register their animals with the Animal Welfare Board of India one month in advance

  • Bulls must be certified by a vet as being healthy and fit to be allowed to participate in the events lasting several months across several districts of Tamil Nadu

  • At every event bull tamers will be tested by doctors for alcohol consumption

  • Bulls should not be given alcohol prior to the event

  • Bulls must not be administered steroids and the veterinary doctors stationed at the venue must ensure that bulls have not been abused by owners rubbing chilly-powder, tobacco and mud in their eyes, tails and genitals

  • All events must receive written permission from the local magistrate

It also placed bulls on the list of ‘Performing Animals’ ostensibly so that, as per guidelines regulating the use of performing animals, bulls used for jallikattu too may be monitored and the sport could be regulated. The AWBI saw through the ruse of labelling bulls as ‘Performing Animals’ simply to facilitate the conduct of jallikattu, rekla and other sport and took the case to the Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay on the order of the division bench in the Madras high court, and demanding a complete ban on jallikattu.

Acting on the Special Leave Petition of the AWBI, the Supreme Court bench of Justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik, in its interim order of July 27, 2007, first stayed the order of the division bench of the high court, and on January 11, 2008 pronounced its final order by banning jallikattu but permitting rekla – which is bloodier and more cruel because each race lasts for several minutes. In fact, some organisers hang spiked, metal thorns from the yoke which swing on both sides of the bulls’ necks, drawing blood.

The final order of the Supreme Court was delivered on January 11, 2008, very close to Pongal but with enough time given to the state government and organisers of jallikattu to appeal against the order if they so wished; and of course they did.

On January, 13, 2008 the Tamil Nadu government filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking revision and modification of the January 11 order. The same bench comprising Justices Raveendran and Patnaik, which had pronounced the original  order, heard the revision petition and on January 15th, the day of Pongal, delivered another order (an interim order, for those who like cold comfort and cold soup) allowing jallikattu to be held. As a sop which convinced no one and as a palliative which cured nothing, Justice Raveendran placed conditions on the conduct of the sport – conditions which the AWBI proved conclusively in court are observed more in the breach and which have been proved to be completely ineffective.

In 2008, the letter, spirit and purpose of the PCA Act had been ignored yet again by our courts, to the detriment of animal interests and their well-being. The AWBI promptly filed another Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court seeking restoration of the order dated January 11, 2008 which had banned jallikattu and allowed rekla.

Even as the case was pending in the Supreme Court and the courts were seen to be dragging their feet, the Tamil Nadu government took advantage of the delay and in an act of defiance, passed the TN Jallikattu Regulation Act, 2009. The Act was rushed through and with no protests or dissent from any political party inside the assembly.

For fear of raising a storm among animal welfare organisations and animal rights activists, the Tamil Nadu government by-passed due process by not offering the Bill for public scrutiny before passing it in the state assembly. Stake-holders and parties affected by the passing of the Bill were not informed about the impending Act and were denied the right to express their views and concerns. This was gross violation of due process that is mandatory before converting a Bill into an Act. It bears mention that till date the TNJR Act (2009) has not obtained presidential assent.

The Tamil Nadu Act has to be seen as an amendment to the PCA Act 1960; and when any state or Union Territory brings in an amendment to a Central act then it is mandatory for the state to not only receive the governor’s assent but also the President’s. Readers must bear this in mind for what followed in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court in January 2012.

As the case moved at snail’s pace in the Supreme Court with ineffective and repetitive interim orders delivered between long intervals, once in November 2010 and again in March 2011 – by the same division bench in the Supreme Court making the same polite noises about regulation, monitoring and supervision – the trauma of the bulls continued with no end in sight.

From 2004 when the case first went to the courts, up until January 2012, year after year these debased sporting events have been held, uninterrupted, not just in Tamil Nadu and Assam but also in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

Law cannot be different things to different people

In July 2011, Jairam Ramesh, who was minister of state for environment and forests, earned the gratitude of all animal welfare organisations and activists when he placed bulls on the list of animals which shall not be deemed to be Performing Animals.

There is a history behind the classification of some animals as Performing Animals and those that may not be considered to be Performing Animals.

On March 14, 1991, the Ministry of Environment & Forests issued a notification under Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, banning with immediate effect the training and exhibition of all animals. The notification was stayed by the Delhi high court on an appeal filed by the Indian Circus Federation. Overnight, a new organisation came into being – the Circus Fans Association, purely owned and subscribed to by circus owners.

The ministry filed a counter-petition in the high court to uphold the ban, and all action on the list proscribing use of animals for purposes of exhibition and entertainment moved to the courts.

Not wanting to be seen to be unresponsive to serious concerns about the innate cruelty and misery of the lives of animals used in circuses, and to get around the paralysis inflicted upon the government because the matter was now in the high court, the Government of India, in the Department of Environment and Forest, issued a second notification dated October 14, 1998 (Annexure-1) under Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 restricting the exhibition or training of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions with effect from the date of publication of the notification.

Before he was summarily removed from the ministry, Jairam Ramesh included bulls on the list of animals which may not be deemed to be Performing Animals and may therefore not be allowed to be trained, exhibited or used in sport. For good measure, the ministry added that bulls meant cows, the progeny of cows, bulls, buffalo and oxen; the gazette notification also added that oxen included both castrated and not castrated bulls and oxen.

If the earlier list proscribing the use of bears, lions, tigers, monkeys and panthers effectively banned circus owners from owning or using these animals to perform in circuses, it follows that this list should have brought all sport using bulls – jallikattu, rekla, manju virattu, erudhotam, buffalo fight – to an immediate end with effect from the day of the notification of the list in the Gazette Extraordinary.

But this did not happen. As we shall see, the law is different things for different people.

A kambala race. Credit: Arun Keerthi K. Barboza/Flickr CC 2.0

A kambala race. Credit: Arun Keerthi K. Barboza/Flickr CC 2.0

Armed with the July 2011 notification, the AWBI and this writer filed two separate petitions in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court asking the court to ban jallikattu. The case was presented in court on January 12, 2012 by advocates Yashod Vardhan and Jayesh Dolia, who presented a perfect and legally air-tight case before the division bench of Justices Chitra Venkatraman and R Karuppiah.

Even before Vardhan could sit down after a brilliant exposition on why jallikattu could not be allowed to be conducted because it was legally unsustainable on every count, Justice Chitra Venkatraman, not once but three times, announced that the division bench was banning jallikattu with immediate effect.

Within moments of Justice Venkatraman saying this, there was mayhem in the court. The judges were surrounded by shouting men with the Additional. Advocate General shouting loudest to the judge that she should not put down the order in writing as this would cause law and order problems in the state and that the court should grant the state government 24 hours to be heard on the issue.

On January 13, 2012, the division bench headed by Justice Chitra Venkataraman, if we cut through the verbiage and inane palliatives, did a complete turnaround from its position on the previous day and allowed jallikattu with the same repetitive injunction that the state government and the organisers abide by Supreme Court directives on its conduct.

A dog is not a monkey is not a bear is not an elephant

The PCA Act is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The operative part is ‘prevention of cruelty’. This is the letter, spirit and purpose of the law. There cannot be different or contrary interpretations of the law among judges in the same court, among judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court and by the same judges in any court on different days.

But as we shall see, for judges of the Madras high court and the Supreme Court, the PCA Act is a dog is a monkey is a bear is an elephant; intriguingly, a dog is also not a dog on another day.

  • When Justice Ibrahim Khalifulla allowed rekla in 2004, and permitted jallikattu by default, the PCA Act was applied selectively in favour of bulls in one sport and permitted cruelty against other bulls in other sports
  • If Justice Banumathi understood the PCA Act for what it is in its entirety – that Prevention of Cruelty to Animals demanded that the law should prevent cruelty – then Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and Janarthana Raja understood Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to mean that cruelty against animals may be permitted as long as the cruelty can be regulated, monitored and supervised
  • The Supreme Court stayed the order of the division bench of Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and Janarthana Raja in July 2007 because it understood Prevention of Cruelty to Animals differently from them
  • On January 11, 2008 when Justices Raveendran and Patnaik of the Supreme Court banned jallikattu but explicitly permitted rekla, the judges applied the PCA Act differently for the bulls used for jallikattu and bulls used in rekla
  • When Justices Raveendran and Patnaik banned jallikattu on January 11th 2008 and then did a complete turnaround on the 15th and pronounced the order permitting jallikattu, the Supreme Court understood the PCA Act to be something on the 11th and a totally different, even exact opposite thing on the 15th
  • Justices Chitra Venkatraman and Karuppiah verbally banned jallikattu three times on 12th January, 2012, and then in a complete turnaround exactly like the Supreme Court in January 2008, passed the exact opposite order the very next day.

The brilliant and well-reasoned order delivered by Justice KS Radhakrishnan on May 7, 2014 brought to an end a 40-year struggle to stop the abuse of bulls in sporting events which, in the manner they are held today, bear little resemblance to the rural sport described in ancient Tamil literature. But the Modi government and BJP, which otherwise talk so much about cow protection and banning the slaughter of cows, has rushed in to allow the torture of bulls in a cynical display of political opportunism.

It should serious concern to all sensitive people in the country that not a single political party sees cruelty in using animals for sport.

It should cause Modi bhakts serious concern that the Prime Minister has made a conscious decision to ignore the voluminous documentation – including photographs and videos of the physical and mental abuse of bulls not only during jallikattu and other sport but the unconscionable psychological and emotional abuse of the bulls during long years of training to make them jallikattu bulls.

The valour of men who “tame the bulls” is predicated on the terror and fear of the animals that are forced to flee or fight back when faced by a gang of men moving threateningly towards them. The Modi government may think it can regulate the sport; but Javadekar and all jallikattu supporters must ponder over whether regulating the event can end the fear and terror that the bulls suffer.

Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court. It has been allowed to come back by a stroke of the government’s pen. Animal activists have the same sense of fear and terror in the pits of their stomachs as Pongal draws near. The Modi sarkar has legitimised human sport and entertainment on the bogus premise of culture and tradition and at the cost of animal well-being. Modi and his government have lost their moral compass.

Radha Rajan is a Chennai-based animal rights activist

  • Firoz Khan

    This is shameful act of the BJP Govt. I think on this account Modi/BJP has lost moral ground to be in power. Where is Maneka Gandhi, the champion of Animal Rights?

  • Devender K Menon

    Writer knows very well that its tamil nadu government behind it…yet she is blaming Central government (central governments is forced to support coz of arm twisting tactics of TN government. (as its need support for passing bills…as kangress is adamant and playing dirty politics)

  • rajkhosla

    What a joke this govt has made of the SC ruling? Anything is OK to get votes. BJP = Rebranded Congress 2.0

  • Rajalakshmi J

    ///With this single act of thumbing its nose at the Supreme Court, the BJP –
    like the Congress before – has sent the unfortunate signal once again
    that court orders are binding only upon ordinary citizens, and
    governments are above the law///

    You said it.

    It is nothing but “political opportunism”. No wonder Pon.Radhakrishnan has asked people to call it (sic) ” Modi Pongal ” & celebrate it. Pongal is always in honour of Sun God.

  • aronitethinking

    I fully agree about Jawaharlal Modi’s sircar becoming De-Hinduised. But this Bull fight issue cannot be argued as Hindu issue.

    Then Boxing, Wrestling, Judo all must be Cruelty to Man!

    Sometimes guys die in the ring or get badly injured you see- so lets Ban Boxing!

    This mimic of modern man’s sissy aversion to Traditions like this is alien to Hindu culture.

    Even animal sacrifices in rural shrines of deities musnt be banned as they have their role of appeasing malevolent nature forces.

    If you ban them, nature’s fury will take its toll on humans.

    All this is ignorance of the Inner Vision of our Vedic rishis who sanctioned such things for sake of keeping the Martial Spirit of masses.

    Unlike Spanish Bull rings- whose opposition by Libs there is what these Inner Circle hindus are mimicking-

    Hindu Traditional bull fights dont kill or impale the Bull. Its fighters who often are at peril.

    So what cruelty is she talking about?

    At this rate people cant do anything and become like Jain monks and walk with brush and buck naked!!

    • http://www.acsuv.com Raji Koshy

      some people are so blind in our country.Blind with religion, blind with ideology, blind with fanatic politics… god save
      Blind with ideology just like what happened in Germany many years ago.
      we try to cover up the mistakes, we try to blame some one. We shift out responsibilities, and we say there is nothing wrong. this attitude has only caused disaster in the world history – and i see it in India now, but here its only the beginning, Who ever does something wrong have the back bone to stand up and say its wrong, that makes us a better citizen, better society and a great nation.

  • Hitesh

    how is it that jallilkattu is cruely to bull but eatinig beef is not???

    • Rajalakshmi J

      Both are cruel.

      However it is the holier than thou hindus ( read alleged non beef eaters) who are clamouring for such cruel “sports”. Cows are routinely given oxytocin injections to produce more milk. Hens live in pathetic conditions laying eggs that are served FREE for schoolchildren in FREE midday meals. Not to forget the eggs that go into making of cakes that are consumed by celebs & non celebs while partying (birthday parties included).

      • xomile

        Heard of eggless cakes? Duh!

        • Rajalakshmi J

          Sure. My grandmother has made eggless cake certain times. I have also heard of Jains in Pune who run bakeries selling all eggless cakes & cookies. However it is no cakewalk.

          That apart majority use eggs.

  • Tamilarasu

    Thank you Reddy, I agree with you !!!

    • Vicky

      How do you mean “culture” what about the culture of Gandhi who preserved
      the compassion and kindness towards all living things, India has long
      been know as having a more understanding nature towards animal sentience
      ? This is just another blood sport like America trapping animals and
      Spain bullfighting, don’t imagine this separates you from the ignorance
      of some in the West it draws you closer to it.

  • Arun

    I wonder if Radha Rajan has ever witnessed Jallikattu first hand.

    I personally
    know people who breed bulls and participate in the event, and their
    point of view is quite different. And, i respect that more than some
    couch activist. Make an effort Radha, and go out and
    see. BTW, that video is no Rekla. Not even Tamil Nadu.

  • potol

    Head of PETA born in England, People in India will be sorry they let PETA in the country and they are stirring up activism.. PETA has killed up to 95 percent of the animal taken in. They do not believe in harming an amimal, or that is what they want you to think.
    They ran a better dead than fed campaign. That tells me everything i need to know about PETA who has a way of interfering with traditions in other countries.

  • Deepak Garg

    Imagine what such attention paid to a Health or Education issue might achieve for the good of people.

  • Vicky

    That’s what the bullfighting industry says, what happened to the religious views of India against animal cruelty?

    • பிரபுகண்ணன் முத்தழகன்

      Bull-fighting industry? Are you crazy? These bulls are temple bulls and sacred to us. They are used only for jallikattu. Rest of the days they are roaming free.

  • KARUNGULAM M.MURUGAN

    Even though Mrs Radha Rajan is a well known Hindu nationalist, she has her own right to oppose Jallikkattu or Eru Thazhuvuthal-embracing of Bulls being an age old Hindu ritual sport as an animal activist. The vibrant living culture of this soil known as Hindutva itself is basically nothing but giving space for all differing views with complete freedom of expression…Considering the people’s sentiments Jallikattu must be legally allowed to be performed under the Supreme court’s supervision through a team of SC appointed retired judges ensuring no cruelty is made against the dumb bulls…I support Jallikattu in order to preserve our age old tradition and our indigenous cattle breeds….

  • Teja

    Only courts can save this nation.

  • GlobalTamilan

    How is it cruel to bulls? Have you seen a jallikattu bull in person? Sure, there could be underground jallikattu happening, but the only way to stop them is by working with the farmers and the locals rather than a blanket ban.

  • Rajalakshmi J

    I have heard this ridiculous argument that this “sport” is for conserving the species. Conservation of these species OUGHT to be done & CAN be done without subjecting them to such a bestial ordeal calling it a “sport”.

    This is somewhat akin to people justifying ragging in colleges ( IIT , medical colleges etc ) & all hostels telling others this makes them “tough / helps in bringing about bonhomie between seniors & freshers” blah blah.

    Reminds me of another such ridiculous charade. Frequently Indian film stars , playback singers visit various countries (including Middle East , America , Canada etc) in the pretext of “raising money for Indian Army Personnel who have lost their lives / AIDS cause / cancer cause” ; many take to “running charades” wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “grow trees , save trees ” & “cancer cause” & so on. The film fraternity raking in trillions through their kitschy movies spend NOTHING. It is the expats who are coerced / lured into buying the tickets.

    Schoolchildren are burdened with selling the tickets ; corporates are asked to sponsor ; airlines are coerced into arranging for free or subsidized travel for them. They are accommodated in luxurious hotels. They repeat the same torrid kitschy bump & grind routines.

    To “raise money” allegedly for Army Personnel and / or various such “causes” why resort to such extravagant mindless spending has always been my question. It makes better sense to overhaul the system in such a way Army Personnel are ALWAYS taken care of in all contingencies. Tax the film fraternity heavily right from the beginning. Instead we find film actors & actresses are paid in billions for their SIMULATIONS. Curtail their travel altogether. If they want to let them SPEND their money. Real Policemen & Army Personnel are paid much much less . Nobody is bothered about such ludicrous anomalies. Rich sachin tendulkars are offered huge loans by banks for purchase of more properties in Kerala , Mumbai whereas the truly indigent are treated differently. Why not ask sachin tendulkars to SPEND their savings ?

    Similarly allocate adequate funds for preservation & propagation of such species of BULLS , Cows etc. Elementary.

    Heavy betting goes on & granite cartel is involved -all FACTS have been exposed by Smt.Radha Rajan.

    I do NOT “leash dogs & cats ” in my house.

    //In fact the sons and daughters can move out of the house for various reasons but the bulls, cows and goats do not//

    Not a single Cow , Bull , Goat stray into the house of any human being begging to be “looked after , tethered , tortured , USED “. We are ones USING them. Why not show KINDNESS ?

    That they are treated CRUELLY has long been established. Hence do not start all over again calling them “allegations”.

    Yes , Kaanchi MahaPeriyavar has long pointed out how silkworms are killed asking women to give up. Ahimsa Silk thus made its appearance.

    Ramana Bhagavan says once calves are fed adequately cows like to be relieved of remaining milk. It is a “RELIEF” for them Bhagavan says.

    If we the people inject them with oxytocin blame the people who do so. Ensure it STOPS. Milk products are highly beneficial for health provided all the small details are adhered to. Particularly BUTTERMILK.

    • Selva

      Hi Rajalalakshmi,

      Pls read the below –

      1. People say Bulls are not suitable for racing/playing. No animal is suitable for slaughtering. Why anyone have not filed any case in supreme court against slaughtering animasl in thousands every day? Note that there is no bull killed in Jallikattu and they are leading the normal life after the Jallikattu event and participating Jallikattu year after year. If they are sufferred series injuries, they can’t participate again.

      https://namobhaiforpm.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/kapil-sibal-wife-promilla-at-their-slaughter-house-which-is-biggest-in-india-15600-big-cattle-day/

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racehorse_injuries

      2. Secondly but mainly, those bulls(Kangeyam and other 4 types of bulls which have hunch are used for breeding cows that produce A2 milk) as opposed to other European breeds like Jercy which produces A1. A1 milk is major cause of all heath issues our society has.

      Please go through http://www.cowpedia.in/a1-vs-a2-cows-milk-benefits-side-effects/

      3. These types are very special breed and requires lot of support in upbringing. Average cost of supporting the bull is over 5 lakh rs per year. They are used only for mating with cows so, people really can’t afford to support if Jallikattu is stopped as they won’t get any money for their bulls.

      Eventually, they go to slaughter house and get extinct.

      4. If these bulls are not encouraged to maintain, then, we all have to rely on imported Jersey breeds which gives only A1 milk. We need to rely on europe and US to import articifial siemen to further breed Jersey cows for A1 milk.

      So, we are rooting out the entire next generation by this ban.

      If you disagree with me on any points ..especially how we can protect our bulls, pls suggest.

      Thanks.

  • Selva

    Pls read the below –

    1. People say Bulls are not suitable for racing/playing. No animal is suitable for slaughtering. Why anyone have not filed any case in supreme court against slaughtering animasl in thousands every day? Note that there is no bull killed in Jallikattu and they are leading the normal life after the Jallikattu event and participating Jallikattu year after year. If they are sufferred series injuries, they can’t participate again.

    https://namobhaiforpm.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/kapil-sibal-wife-promilla-at-their-slaughter-house-which-is-biggest-in-india-15600-big-cattle-day/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racehorse_injuries

    2. Secondly but mainly, those bulls(Kangeyam and other 4 types of bulls which have hunch are used for breeding cows that produce A2 milk) as opposed to other European breeds like Jercy which produces A1. A1 milk is major cause of all heath issues our society has.

    http://www.cowpedia.in/a1-vs-a2-cows-milk-benefits-side-effects/

    3. These types are very special breed and requires lot of support in upbringing. Average cost of supporting the bull is over 5 lakh rs per year. They are used only for mating with cows so, people really can’t afford to support if Jallikattu is stopped as they won’t get any money for their bulls.

    Eventually, they go to slaughter house and get extinct.

    4. If these bulls are not encouraged to maintain, then, we all have to rely on imported Jersey breeds which gives only A1 milk. We need to rely on europe and US to import articifial siemen to further breed Jersey cows for A1 milk.

    So, we are rooting out the entire next generation by this ban.

    If you disagree with me on any points ..especially how we can protect our bulls, pls suggest.

    Thanks.

  • Selva

    Pls read the below –

    1. People say Bulls are not suitable for racing/playing. No animal is suitable for slaughtering. Why anyone have not filed any case in supreme court against slaughtering animasl in thousands every day? Note that there is no bull killed in Jallikattu and they are leading the normal life after the Jallikattu event and participating Jallikattu year after year. If they are sufferred series injuries, they can’t participate again.

    https://namobhaiforpm.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/kapil-sibal-wife-promilla-at-their-slaughter-house-which-is-biggest-in-india-15600-big-cattle-day/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racehorse_injuries

    2. Secondly but mainly, those bulls(Kangeyam and other 4 types of bulls which have hunch are used for breeding cows that produce A2 milk) as opposed to other European breeds like Jercy which produces A1. A1 milk is major cause of all heath issues our society has.

    http://www.cowpedia.in/a1-vs-a2-cows-milk-benefits-side-effects/

    3. These types are very special breed and requires lot of support in upbringing. Average cost of supporting the bull is over 5 lakh rs per year. They are used only for mating with cows so, people really can’t afford to support if Jallikattu is stopped as they won’t get any money for their bulls.

    Eventually, they go to slaughter house and get extinct.

    4. If these bulls are not encouraged to maintain, then, we all have to rely on imported Jersey breeds which gives only A1 milk. We need to rely on europe and US to import articifial siemen to further breed Jersey cows for A1 milk.

    So, we are rooting out the entire next generation by this ban.

    If you disagree with me on any points ..especially how we can protect our bulls, pls suggest.

    Thanks.

  • Selva

    Hi Manoj,

    Pls read the below. This will give insight of Jallikattu and related social balance.

    1. People say Bulls are not suitable for racing/playing. No animal is suitable for slaughtering. Why anyone have not filed any case in supreme court against slaughtering animasl in thousands every day? Note that there is no bull killed in Jallikattu and they are leading the normal life after the Jallikattu event and participating Jallikattu year after year. If they are sufferred series injuries, they can’t participate again.

    https://namobhaiforpm.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/kapil-sibal-wife-promilla-at-their-slaughter-house-which-is-biggest-in-india-15600-big-cattle-day/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racehorse_injuries

    2. Secondly but mainly, those bulls(Kangeyam and other 4 types of bulls which have hunch are used for breeding cows that produce A2 milk) as opposed to other European breeds like Jercy which produces A1. A1 milk is major cause of all heath issues our society has.

    http://www.cowpedia.in/a1-vs-a2-cows-milk-benefits-side-effects/

    3. These types are very special breed and requires lot of support in upbringing. Average cost of supporting the bull is over 5 lakh rs per year. They are used only for mating with cows so, people really can’t afford to support if Jallikattu is stopped as they won’t get any money for their bulls.

    Eventually, they go to slaughter house and get extinct.

    4. If these bulls are not encouraged to maintain, then, we all have to rely on imported Jersey breeds which gives only A1 milk. We need to rely on europe and US to import articifial siemen to further breed Jersey cows for A1 milk.

    So, we are rooting out the entire next generation by this ban.

    If you disagree with me on any points ..especially how we can protect our bulls, pls suggest.

    Thanks.

  • satheesh

    This author has put one sided view without having any information on other side. The bull is being developed for Jallikattu as one of the family members in the community. Even it is treated like god. In Jallikattu, the man are not allowed to do any injury on the bulls. Jallikattu is hugging the bulls for certain distance, It wont cause any harm to bulls as bull weight is huge as compared to weight of man.
    This article is quite misleading one.