Jallikattu; Animal Right vs Traditional Sport
Recently, Indians were busy to talk about "Jallikattu" while Americans were inaugurating Donald Trump as their 45th president in supporting and protesting ways. One of south Indian movie stars, Kamaal Haasan, mentioned Donald Trump in his tweets for Jallikattu “ PETA go ban bull riding rodeos in Mr. Trump’s US.” Jallikattu is a traditional south Indian sport that torches bulls in order to show their youth’s masculine. But PETA india, and some other indian animal’s welfare groups are succeeded to ban it through Indian supreme court last few years but they could not stop it any more now. Somehow we must stop cruelty over those innocent animals but sometime tradition milestone cause us to stumble.
Pro Jallikattu and Anti Jallikattu both want to make India better. Pro Jallikattu considered that sport is their 2500 years old traditional practice, and that is only way to show their masculine. They think practicing Jallikattu is a way of preserving their tradition or culture. But among Anti Jallikattu, PETA India CEO mention a Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” in a interview, and it implied they are trying to make India better in moral progress. Both Pro or Anti Jallikattu wants justice from Indian supreme court. PETA India supports Animals, children, women, elderly who are being persecuted. They think traditional practice like Jallikattu is time to assign to the history, and they affirmed real Indians are those who compassion for animals, not being support of cruelty are. PETA India and other Indian animal welfare associations against persecuting animals badly. They said Jallikattu is not only about holding hump of a bull and removing flags from its horns. They torch animal so badly before release in the ground, those poor animals are being prodded with sharp things, bending tail almost break or sometime it causes fracture of their tails, burning eyes by chilli pepper. Not only before let they go in the ground, during subdue animals the contenders use sharp knife and sticks too. On other side, Pro Jallikattu people concert extinction of their traditional sport and Kangayam breed, only useful to fight in Jallikattu. They strongly against PETA India, said ban PETA in India. Their strong protest affected to PETA related few movie stars, and one of their movie actress was obligated to delete her twitter account too.
My point of view is that even it is tradition or culture, if it is not qualified meaningful and worthful there is no reason to preserve it anymore. It’s better to leave in the history and legend.