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February 1, 2010

Traditional bullfight 'Jallikattu', a major attraction in Tamil Nadu

     Keelakolathur (TN): Thousands flocked to Keelakolathur village in Tamil Nadu's Ariyalur district to watch the popular 'Jallikattu', a traditional sport in which individuals try to hold onto enraged Bulls for certain distance. Young men displayed courage and talent on the occasion of Thai Pusam, a local festival. The event was appreciated by one and all for the thrills and adventure it provided to the spectators. "Over 500 bulls were brought from various districts and around 100 men participated in this event. The participants showcased their skills and talent in this sport. This is one of the best show organised with the support of the government. And I request them to cooperate with the locals keeping the sport alive," said Amraramoorthy, a state deputy " The arrangement for the events was good. I have been watching this event for the last 20 years, but this year the arrangements were far better than the last year," said Sumathi, an enthusiast. This year, the event was held as per new Supreme Court guidelines. The apex court has banned the 'Jallikattu' citing cruelty to animals as the main reason. But later the court granted a conditional permission for the event. It stated a set of compulsory guidelines, which the organisers have to follow strictly during 'Jallikattu' as certain objectionable practices have been in fashion in the recent past to enrage the bull. During this traditional 'sport', the horns of the adorned bulls are made wet before the event and the animal is rubbed down with oil, making it more difficult to hold onto. To add to it the bulls are drugged with steroids and are sometimes made to drink alcohol in order to enrage them.
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