The decision by the Tamilnadu Government to issue an ordinance to permit Jallikattu on basis of public pressure is a complete mockery of the judicial system and will lead to unarchy.
There are many contentious issues before the Supreme Court which relate to religious and cultural practices. There are hundreds of judgements related to such issues passed by the High Courts and Supreme Courts on basis of merits of the case irrespective of the public opinion.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is a central legislation and a state cannot have a legislation which is in contradiction to a central law. Particularly after a court has reserved the judgment on the matter and was about to deliver it.
The order that rejected the review of the order in 2014 has gone into all the points being raised currently. The court has clearly stated that mere existence of tradition can not be a reason to violate a law.
“We as activists approach the court for many reasons and so do crores of litigants, if the orders of the courts are overturned by decision of majority, nothing will remain. I had first stopped bullock cart races in 1980 through the court of JMFC and in 2014 till ended with Supreme Court.” Says Dr Kalyan Gangwal, Founder President of Sarvajeev Mangal Pratishthan.
“The entire campaign is based on imaginary facts and without a signle statistical or factual figures on their side, so I decided to make the website www.jalikattuexposed.com to bring basic facts before the general public”. Our team worked day and night to bring this out in 18 hours.” Says Ashish Annachatre a PFA volunteer and owner of a software company.
An overwhelming majority of people support Jallikattu because they have been given misleading facts and do not understand anything about Jallikattu. To raise awareness on Jallikattu and to remove the misinformation that is being circulated, People for Animals, Pune Unit has launched a website www.jallikattuexposed.com.
The website shows how there is absolutely no relation between slaughter of animals and Jallikattu. As per 2012 cencus, there are 84 lakh bulls in TamilNadu, out of them no more than 2000 were registered for 3 years for Jallikattu. In Tamilnadu more than 20 lakh bulls are slaughtered each year. So Jallikattu or not, the slaughter will not stop or start due to Jallikattu.
Neither Jallikattu or bull races can be held without cruelty because the basic requirement is an agitated bull without agitating the bull no event can be held. Agitation by itself is cruelty. Between 2008 and 2014 several attempts were made to conduct events as per already weak rules but it completely failed.
“I was the observer on behalf of Supreme Court on basis of which the judgment was passed. I am individually aggrieved by the order and I shall be moving the Apex Court in my individual capacity and not as Unit Head of PFA Pune.” Says Manoj Oswal, Unit Head of People for Animals Pune Unit.
Our draft petition in Supreme Court is almost the same as what we filed in 2016 when the Central Government had amended the PCA Act 1960 without application of mind solely to circumvent the courts. What has only changed is, that the state government has amended a central legislation.
Our key arguments in the petition are…
The issue is no longer about animal rights, it is about the rule of law and the dignity of the Hon’ble Apex Court. We are determined to fight this till the end.
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