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Kulathur – All Geared Up for Jallikattu !

Kulathur (Pudukkotai District) is all geared up for conducting Jallikattu.

The venue is ready – decked up with double-barricades and all the required infrastructure setup and the people are eagerly awaiting for the event.

However, the event is still awaiting the nod from the authorities and the organisers are hopeful of getting approval at the earliest.

Here are some pictures of the wonderfully set-up venue.

Photos by : Kanagaraj

PETA (Animal Rights Group) Admits Funding Domestic Terrorist Group

WASHINGTON, DC

“We did it. We did it. We gave $1,500 to the ELF,” said the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Lisa Lange, on Tuesday, September 17, 2002.

ELF–the Environmental Liberation Front–is one of America’s largest domestic terrorist groups, according to the FBI. It has a long history of violence including arson, firebombing, explosives, and attempted murder.

Among the payments PETA has admitted giving to radical ELF activists:

  • $5,000 to Josh Harper, convicted of assaulting police and firing on a fishing vessel;
  • $2,000 to Dave Wilson, convicted of firebombing a fur cooperative;
  • $7,500 to Fran Trutt, convicted of attempted murder of a medical executive;
  • $20,000 to Rodney Coronado, convicted of burning a research laboratory in Michigan.

In early September, ELF admitted setting fire in August to a U.S. Forest Service laboratory in Pennsylvania. The fire destroyed a 70-year-old research facility and caused an additional $700,000 worth of damage.

PETA, which enjoys IRS tax-exempt status as a “501(c)(3)” charity, has openly endorsed ELF activities. In a recent speech, PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich went on record saying: “I think it would be great if all the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories and the banks that fund them exploded tomorrow.”

Commenting on PETA’s support of ELF, Terrence Scanlon, president of philanthropy watchdog Capital Research Center (CRC), said: “The law clearly prohibits a charitable organization from advocating acts that break the law. But PETA has gone further than that and admitted providing financial support to a homegrown terrorist organization: an underground group which according to the FBI operates a number of cells throughout the United States.

“At a time when U.S. law enforcement authorities are watching nonprofits linked to Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist groups, it is unacceptable that PETA continues to enjoy privileged, tax-exempt status while it openly flouts the law and offers financial assistance to a violent and criminal domestic terrorist group.

“Americans will want to know: Why should PETA’s $13 million budget enjoy tax-exempt status? And why should contributions to this group be tax-deductible?”

Commenting on PETA, Daniel Oliver, author of Animal Rights: the Inhumane Crusade, a CRC publication, said, “PETA has a long record of extremism. It’s more eager to violate human rights than protect animal welfare.”

Capital Research Center was established in 1984 to study critical issues in philanthropy, with a special focus on nonprofit “public interest” and public advocacy groups, the funding sources that sustain them, their agendas, and their impact on public policy and society.

This article has been reproduced from “http://news.heartland.org/” online edition

HC permits jallikattu at Sakkudi

MADURAI, February 20, 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai has directed the Madurai Collector and district police to grant permission and necessary protection to ‘jallikattu’ event at Sakkudi village near here on the eve of Muppili Swamy Temple Maha Sivarathri festival on March 8.

A Division Bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and V.M. Velumani passed the order despite objections raised by a government counsel on the grounds that a visitor’s gallery erected by the organisers had collapsed in 2012 and that the venue did not have sufficient space for collecting bulls. Repudiating the contentions, B. Mahendran, counsel for the temple trustee P. Rajasekaran who was also the president of Tamil Nadu Veera Vilayattu Padhugappu Peravai, said his client had been conducting jallikattu every year without any complaints. The counsel stated that Sakkudi was one among the villages which had found a place in the district gazette under the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009, for conducting the sport every year.

This news article has been reproduced from “The Hindu” – Madurai (Online edition)

47 injured in jallikattu near Dindigul

STAFF REPORTER                                               DINDIGUL, February 8, 2014

Youths trying to tame a bull at a jallikattu organised at Kosavapatti near Dindigul on Friday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan
Youths trying to tame a bull at a jallikattu organised at Kosavapatti near Dindigul on Friday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

Eleven persons, with grievous injuries, treated at Dindigul GH

A total of 47 persons were injured at the jallikattu (taming of the bull) held at Kosavapatti near here on Friday.

Eleven persons, who sustained grievous injuries, were treated at the Dindigul Government Hospital and others at the medical camp held near the venue. Four persons suffered fractures in the attack by bulls.

A team of 30 animal husbandry officials checked the animals before allowing them to cross the entry point.

Joint Director of Animal Husbandry P. Ravichandran said the bulls were rejected on four parameters. If the animals were weak, tired, underage or affected by diseases, they were disqualified. Submission of wrong documents or certificates with bogus seals also led to the rejection of animals, he added. Officials also blunted the sharp horns of the animals.

It was the day of fiery bulls that ruled the field, taming several tamers.

With threatening features like sharp horns, sturdy humps and giant-sized bodies, the charging bulls did not allow the tamers to come close. Some big bulls stayed in the middle of the field, throwing a challenge to the tamers. Such bulls clinched big prizes and cash awards for their owners.

The organisers had registered 700 bulls, and around 400 bulls from Madurai, Tiruchi, Natham, Karaikudi, Kosavapatti, Dindigul, Sivaganga and Theni participated in the jallikattu that went on till 3 p.m.

With no sufficient ground to keep the bulls, the owners had tied them to trees at street corners and in open places.

The owners had a tough time bringing fiery bulls to the venue and back safely. They struggled to control them as they had to pass through small lanes crowded with local people. Many schoolchildren were loitering near the venue fearlessly.

Only a few police personnel and a handful of members of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were struggling to control the crowd. Some bulls ran amuck through the narrow streets forcing men, women and children to take to their heels. One bull suddenly jumped out of the bull path and tried to attack the public. Later, the owners controlled it.

Most of the local people or the policemen did not try to control the crowd. Several persons, in an inebriated mood, wallowed on narrow streets.

This news article has been reproduced from “The Hindu” (Online edition) – dated  February 8, 2014.