Jallikattu (the bull-taming sport)
Jallikattu banned in many T.N. districts
- A tradition over 2,000 years old, Jallikattu is a competitive sport as well as an event to honour bull owners who rear them for mating.
- It is popular in Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Theni, Pudukkottai and Dindigul districts of Tamil Nadu known as the Jallikattu belt.
- It is celebrated in the second week of January, during the Tamil harvest festival, Pongal.
- Kangayam, Pulikulam, Umbalachery, Bargur and MalaiMaadu are among the popular native cattle breeds used for Jallikattu.
- In 2011, the Centre added bulls to the list of animals whose training and exhibition is prohibited.
- In 2014, the Supreme Court banned the bull-taming sport.
- The state government has legalised these events, which has been challenged in the court.
- In 2018, the Supreme Court referred the Jallikattu case to a Constitution Bench, where it is pending now.
- Except in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where bull-taming and racing continue to be organised, these sports remain banned in all other states including Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra due to the 2014 ban order from the Supreme Court.