Chennai, Jan 18: The protests against the ban on bull-taming festival of Jallikattu are growing big every passing day. Close to 5,000 people gathered at the Marina Beach in Chennai on Tuesday and held overnight protests, even demanding a ban on People for Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.
Tamil film stars Suriya Sivakumar and Vijay have also come out in support of ongoing protests and lashed out at PETA for its opposition to the bull taming sport. Suriya said the protest by young volunteers was reflective of the common mood of the people of Tamil Nadu while Vijay said Jallikattu was an identity of Tamils.
“The group called PETA which won in the court of law by carrying out a campaign of lies that Jallikattu was inimical to bulls has lost in the people’s court.”It is paradoxical to see those aiding extinction of native breeds talk about cruelty to bulls,” Suriya said.
The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on the practice citing animal welfare issues. Jallikattu has remained banned for the past three years. Animal rights activists had appealed against the tradition at the Supreme Court citing atrocities to the bulls as a reason.