January 16, 2019

Jallikattu: Two die in Indian bullfight amid controversy

cvvxTwo men have been gored to death in a bull-wrestling festival, as a fierce debate rages over the controversial sport.
Dozens were also injured during the event, in Rapoosal, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
The sport, known as jallikattu, was banned by India’s Supreme Court in 2014.
But on Saturday the central government temporarily lifted the ban, after large-scale protests.
Several villages and towns in Tamil Nadu then held events on Sunday attracting huge crowds.
Subduing angry bulls has long been practised in the state as a sport and is a key part of the harvest festival.
The court had banned jallikattu on the grounds that it was cruel to animals.
Many in Tamil Nadu, however, are against the ban as they see jallikattu as an important part of their cultural heritage.
Protesters have called for the practice to be fully re-legalised, instead of a temporary lifting of the ban.
But animal rights activists say the spectacle causes unnecessary stress to the bulls who are released into a crowd and forced to fend off people trying to ride them.

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