India’s Controversial Bull Fighting Festival

You might be new to this but yes; there is a bull fighting festival celebrated in India as well. This is all new things for those who ought to thought and relate the bull fighting with Spain only. The bull fighting festival in India has a history of centuries and this festival is celebrated by many before it was banned by the Indian government. This festival is very popular in southern state of Tamil Nadu. This is called as “Jallikattu” locally which means “bull taming”. It seems horrible for animals just by the meaning of it.

It is usually held in January to celebrate the winter harvest just like the summer harvest. It was planned but the ban which was actually imposed in 2011 came into effect so the festival was cancelled. But the news from the center is that the Tamil Nadu government has lifted the ban from the festival citing cultural reasons. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalallitha said that the event upholds the cultural values of the state. This statement has not been well received by the animal rights activist round the globe. The sentiment of the Chief Minister was not shared by the animal rights activist who rightly says that the event is abusive and should not be called as a cultural sport.

The festival sees young men chase and wrestle bulls. Although the animals are not killed like in traditional Spanish bull fighting, it has been suggested that they are fed alcohol and spayed with chili powder.

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