CHENNAI: Tamil film stars Suriya Sivakumar and Vijay today came out in support of the protests at Chennai’s Marina beach in support of the bull-taming sport Jallikattu.
Suriya said the protest by young volunteers at the Chennai seafront is reflective of the mood of the people of Tamil Nadu while Vijay said Jallikattu is part of the identity of the Tamil people.
Suriya, star of the Singam franchise, criticized the animal rights group PETA India for opposing Jallikattu, saying it was "paradoxical to see those aiding the extinction of native breeds talk about cruelty to animals". He alleged that PETA was carrying out a "campaign of lies" that Jallikattu was inimical to bulls.
He added that the people of Tamil Nadu should resist any move that would endanger "our heritage and identity."
"Words such as heritage, identity and history have now become buzzwords among the youth thanks to all those who secured a ban on Jallikattu and provoked the youth to fight for a common cause," he added.
Vijay, in a video message, welcomed the protests, saying they were agitating "across political differences." He too attacked PETA, saying "Tamil Nadu will rejoice if it is sent back," apparently calling for a ban against the NGO.
Earlier, superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan had also extended their support to the bull-taming sport.