India’s Supreme Court Upholds Amendments That Allow Bull-Taming Sports

The Supreme Court of India upheld amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act which allow bull-taming activities like jallikattu, kambala buffalo races, and bullock-cart races. Jallikattu, also known as eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport that is traditionally a part of the Pongal harvest festival. The practice has been criticized due to animal cruelty concerns as well as the dangerous nature of the sport which has resulted in death and injuries for both bulls and human participants.