Can’t allow cruelty on animals: SC

Published: 10th November 2016 04:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2016 04:52 AM   |  A+A-

Jallikattu

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre’s notification over the bull-fighting sport Jallikattu and said it cannot allow cruelty on animals and it violates the principles of the Constitution.

The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said that animals may not have rights but humans cannot negate their obligation enshrined under the Constitution.

The court while hearing a plea seeking ban on the sport said, “Bulls can’t be used as entertainment for human beings. It violates the law on cruelty and principles of the Constitution. In this modern world of computers, it is better to play Jallikattu on computer.”

Tamil Nadu government wanted Jallikattu held during the four-day Pongal festival. The Ministry of Environment on January 7 had bought a notification and allowed the sport to take place.

The bench said, “We have to show compassion to animals. It is our constitutional obligation.”

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