Jallikattu bears religious significance to state's people; no cruelty to animals: Tamil Nadu to SC

Updated: Nov 24 2022 10:48PM

New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu government has told the Supreme Court that bull-taming sport "jallikattu" is a religious and cultural festival that bears a "religious significance" to the people of the state and does not violate the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.

In a written submission filed in the apex court, the state government has said "jallikattu" is not merely an act of entertainment or amusement but an event with great historic, cultural and religious value.

"Jallikattu", also known as "eruthazhuvuthal", is a bull-taming sport played in the southern state as part of the Pongal harvest festival.