Jallikattu is a barbaric activity, where surrounded by screaming crowds, frightened and terrified bulls are chased, punched, jumped on, goaded and poked with sharp sticks and dragged to the ground, under the guise of cultural tradition. The state of the bulls abused in Jallikattu and other forms of entertainment is not only cruel, but also inhuman on many levels.

With this in mind, Earu Thazhuvuthal (embracing a bull) is an inappropriate name for Jallikattu because while notions of love, compassion, brotherhood, and gratitude may exist between the farmer and the bull in the house and the farm, these qualities do not have any place in the Jallikattu arena. In this day and age, sensibility needs to prevail and we cannot let this heinous “festival” be alive and running. To this end, apart from legal action, FIAPO established helplines and generated international interest in the issue, to push a call to action against the barbarous practice.

In 2014, the practice of Jallikattu was held to be illegal and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of India in its final order and judgement in Animal Welfare Board of India v. A. Nagaraja and Others . The Court found Jallikattu to be inherently cruel and also recognised that bulls are not anatomically suited to activities like Jallikattu, bullock cart races and other bull taming sports. Despite this, in January, 2017 the Tamil Nadu Government passed The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017 to allow Jallikattu in order to preserve the culture and tradition of the people of Tamil Nadu. FIAPO has stepped up to the challenge of keeping the animals free from abuse and petitioned the Supreme Court against this new law.

These gentle bulls need our help. Ending this misery cannot happen in isolation, we need your support. Click here to know how you can contribute to keep the ban on Jallikattu - FOREVER.

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