July 27, 2007
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court banned on Friday the annual
bullfights and bull races held during harvest festivals in the south
Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
In past years, both the fighters and the especially muscular wild
bulls would often be pepped up with large amounts of country liquor
before dashing after each other in the streets to mark Pongal, the
harvest festival celebrated every January.
But India's Animal Welfare Board successfully petitioned India's
highest court to ban the ancient sport of jallikattu, saying it was
cruel and not in keeping with what it described as the country's
Unlike the Spanish version of the sport, the aim is not to kill the
bulls but to dominate and tame them, and pluck away bundles of money
or other treats tied to their specially sharpened horns.