CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a bill replacing the jallikattu ordinance paving the way to amend the Central Act governing performing animals.
The Bill - Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017- to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, so as to preserve the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu and to ensure the survival and wellbeing of the native breeds was moved by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in the Assembly at its special sitting.
The Bill was unanimously passed in the Assembly by voice vote amid thumping of desks by the Treasury Benches. It replaces the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on January 21 to enable the conduct of the sport following unprecedented massive protests that erupted in several parts of the state including Chennai city.
Jallikattu, which continues to be a symbol of Tamil’s culture, has been witnessing several hurdles since 2006 and the brave sport could be held only with the interim orders of either the Supreme Court or the High Court, the Chief Minister recalled.