The Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department of Tamil Nadu Government has stated that the ordinance exempting jallikattu from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has been brought in, considering ‘the vital role played by the event of ‘Jallikattu’ in preserving and promoting tradition and culture among people in large parts of Tamil Nadu, and also considering the vital role of jallikattu in ‘ensuring survival and continuance of native breeds of bulls’.
Today, corresponding Rules (Tamil Nadu Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Conduct of Jallikattu) Rules, 2017} in this regard were framed. The following restrictions were placed:
As per rules, the organisers should get prior permission from the Collector for the persons as well as their bulls for participating in the jallikattu event. The Collector shall, with the assistance of experts of Animal Husbandry Department, ensure that the bulls are free from any diseases and not intoxicated or administered with any substance with the object of making them more aggressive or ferocious.
Read the rules here.
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