New Delhi:The photographs filed by animal welfare organizations against jallikattu are contrary to reality. Therefore, the Tamil Nadu government has argued in the Supreme Court that they should not be accepted.
Petitions filed by animal welfare organizations and animal activists against Jallikattu came up for hearing today in a constitutional bench headed by Justice KM Joseph in the Supreme Court. At that time, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing on behalf of the animal welfare organization (Compassion Unlimited plus action), argued against the laws related to Kampala in Karnataka, Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and Rekla in Maharashtra.
Further, “The question is on what basis these laws were allowed. A petition has been filed against the amendments and new regulations made by the state governments to allow animal sports including Jallikattu. Jallikattu is when a large number of youths fall on a cow and try to tame it. Many cows get injured in this. Related documents and photographs have been filed,” he argued.
At that time, senior lawyer Rakesh Dwivedi, who appeared for the Tamil Nadu government, objected and argued that “hundreds of photographs and evidence filed on behalf of organizations including the Animal Welfare Board in relation to jallikattu have been filed without any analysis. Therefore, they should not be accepted.”
At that time, the animal welfare organization argued, “This evidence is not presented for the first time. It has been presented in many cases before. It has been submitted to the court to explain the nature of this jallikattu game.”
The judges then intervened and explained, “We are only going to discuss a legal issue. We are here to examine the state governments’ power to legislate to allow sports.”
At that time, the Tamil Nadu government argued, “In none of the petitions filed here, any claim has been made against the approval of the draft law by the President. Therefore, these petitions are not suitable for hearing.”
The Judges then interjected, “Just because the Animal Cruelty Act is titled, it should not be taken to mean that we should not be cruel to animals. If a mosquito bites us, do we beat it or watch it silently? If we kill it, are we punishable under animal cruelty? Therefore, torture is permissible only to a certain extent. Rights are not like human beings. What if a snake comes to bite you?” They questioned that.
On the side of the animal welfare organization, there is a “Wild Life Protection Act” to protect wild animals like snakes. That law is very strict. So if a snake bites, it is better to run away than to hit it. On the one hand, the central government law states that animals should not be used as showpieces. But there are laws of the state government allowing Jallikattu, Kampala etc. This is completely contradictory,” it was argued.
The judges then interrupted, “When sports like jallikattu and kampala are held, tickets are sold for them? Animals are used in films. They are used with permission whether they are show animals or not. What are the laws to ensure that? Are there any rules made that animals should be used only for such things?” They questioned.
At that time, the Animal Welfare Organization said, “Section 21 of the Animal Cruelty Act lists the animals that may be exhibited and Section 22 lists the animals that may not be exhibited. But while Section 22 is in effect, Section 21 does not apply. And exhibition means the sale of tickets. While exhibiting without a ticket comes under Section 11 of the Cruelty to Animals Act.
In particular, partying takes place even without a ticket. That’s how Kampala, Jallikattu etc come in. The laws in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra do not deal with or prevent animal cruelty. The principle of the Act is to dilute the federal law prohibiting the display of animals. Human lives are lost in these games,” he argued.
The judges then interrupted, “Do you know anything about boxing? Even boxing kills people? Similarly, the animals involved in this sport exercise their freedom at some point. Do those animals happily accept horse racing and elephant racing?” They questioned.
In response, the animal welfare lawyer said, “An animal fighting for its life is different. It is cruel to make an animal afraid and force it to fight. It is problematic. Especially in this game like Jallikattu, Kampala, they are making the animal angry for fun. Animals are our friends. Show them.” , should not be made to suffer or make entertainment out of it. Animals should be given the same rights as humans.”
Then the judges interrupted, “So even in fights involving humans like boxing and sword fighting, there is torture of each other. Do the contestants even die during boxing?” They said.
At that time, the animal welfare organization said, “Can we allow an unconstitutional conflict on the grounds of cultural rights, cultural rights? Regarding this issue, what is the animal going to do when it is unleashed on humans? What else can it do but fight or hurt them. The persecution of cows, “The court should see several photographs related to violation of rules, injury etc.,” he said and filed some photographs.
At that time, the Tamil Nadu government said, “Many of these photographs are not true. It is not known when and at what moment they were taken. Therefore, it can be understood only by watching the Jallikattu related video. 1.11 lakh cows have participated in jallikattu competitions. How many cows have been injured? How many cows have survived?” “The petitioner should give the details including. Because various qualifications are fixed for the cows participating in this jallikattu game. Also, jallikattu is conducted according to the proper norms. Therefore, such photographs should not be accepted,” he argued.
After hearing the arguments of all the parties, the judges adjourned the hearing of the case to next week saying, “It is not possible to conclude that the entire regulations are being violated by keeping a few such photographs. Moreover, these are not sufficient evidence to prove that the rules have been violated.”