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Why Jallikattu should not happen in 21st century India?
Recently there has been a lot of controversy about the animal sport, Jallikattu. Earlier it was banned and now people supporting the game are ready to defy the law. The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu, a bull taming sport, but in many villages it was organised under the nose of the administration.

In some areas where the police tried to stop this game, but had to face wrath from people. At many places police was stoned. Officials of the Animal Welfare Board of India are strongly criticizing the inaction of the authorities.

Bull taming, bull chase and bull fights are games which have been played since medieval times. These games are severe violations of animal rights. Now the question is, should such medieval sports be carried out in 21st century India? These are cruel games that need to be banned – strictly banned.

For people it is just a game. A fun time, which is torturous for animals. It is worth mentioning that prior to this game bulls are kept hungry and thirsty for a minimum of two days. Their eyes are poured with chemicals. Many times horns of bulls are broken and major injuries take place.

Their tails are twisted and many times bulls are beaten badly. They are punched, jumped on and dragged on to the ground. In many places bullfights are conducted. These fights are so violent that one animal dies in the fight. These things need to be stopped. The judicial ban must be upheld. It is really sorry that people of 21st century enjoy such games.

Even the chief minister J. Jayalalitha supports the game. Central government kept mum may be due to political pressures. Nobody is bothering about animal rights. How can cruel games like these bring happiness to someone in the name of tradition? If we have to follow our traditions, then we should recall that even Sati and child marriage were once our traditions.

There is a need to end these medieval sports so that poor animals can be saved from cruelty. On one hand we are plan to land on the moon and on the other hand we are chained in old age cruel games. Animals are living beings and have right to life. Once Mahatma Gandhi had said that level of a country can be judged from how they treat their animals. So it's high time that political pressures are set aside and strong action be taken.

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