Report by Balakumar Somu
The recent Supreme Court ruling banning the traditional sport of Jallikattu has resulted in Indian native breed cattle flooding the cattle market of several villages in Tamilnadu for being sold for slaughter.
Slaughterhouse buyers are making the beeline to cattle markets of the region to make an unexpected bounty of the sudden rush of native breed bulls which would otherwise would have been taken care of as a family member by the villagers.
Talking to Jallikattu.in, many villagers said that these uncastrated Indian native breed bulls are bred and kept solely for the purpose of Jallikattu. The winning bulls are used for stud purposes, but the villagers provide stud services only for free as has been the traditional practice.
They further said that maintenance of each bull costs anywhere between Rs. 10, 000 to Rs. 15, 000 a month. They would be willing to shell out the amount from their earnings bacause a winning bull brought immense pride for the family and will be cherished for generations! However, with the ban on Jallikattu, they opined that they found no purpose in taking care of the bulls or rearing native breed cattle anymore. Already tractors have replaced bulls from agriculture, and the advent of cheap mini-tuk-tuks in the past decade has seen bullock-carts go out-of service.
The people told Jallikattu.in that of six native species of bulls of Tamilnadu, one is already extinct due to the drastic reduction of Jallikattu events. They fear that the drought-resistant, very-low maintenance cattle species of Tamilnadu that produce higly-valued A2 milk, will go extinct in less than a decade if the government does not save the Jallikattu sport immediately.
It is indeed pathetic and disheartening to see the much revered bulls loaded onto trucks and being sent away for slaughter.
Is this what the Animal Welfare Board of India, PETA and other animals rights organisations wanted to achieve?