AWBI moves SC against Tamil Nadu's Jallikattu Bill

jallikattu-cm-meets-modi TN Assembly had on Saturday unanimously passed an amendment Bill for conducting the bull taming sport without any hindrance.

There is no end in sight for the legal battle over Jallikattu, with Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and other animal welfare bodies moving the Supreme Court challenging a Bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

A bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman will take up the petitions for hearing on January 30.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi also told the court that they have filed an application pointing out that the state law permitting Jallikattu was repugnant to the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Justice Misra also referred to Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi's mentioning on January 24, about an intent of the government to withdraw a January 7 notification permitting the ancient sport.

Tamil Nadu assembly had on Monday unanimously passed an amendment Bill for conducting the bull taming sport without any hindrance. 

Replacing an ordinance promulgated two days ago to allow Jallikattu, the Bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was unanimously adopted by the House after members of all parties spoke welcoming the legislative initiative.

The "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017" was piloted by Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and adopted by voice vote. It was deemed to have come into effect on the day the ordinance was issued, January 21, 2017.

The legislation followed mass protests across the state, especially in Chennai demanding the lifting of ban on Jallikattu.

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