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Jallikattu bulls go for a pittance

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MADURAI, May 21, 2014                      Updated: May 21, 2014 03:05 IST

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A jallikattu bull being loaded onto a lorry at the Vadipatti shandi on Tuesday after it was sold for a meagre sum. Photo: S. James

They used to fetch their owners over Rs. 1 lakh before the sport was banned

The ferocious bulls of Madurai district, who stalked jallikattu arenas like champions, are now boarding goods vehicles on their way to slaughterhouses.

K. Karupasamy’s family of Ilamanur has been rearing jallikattu bulls for several generations. On Tuesday, Mr. Karupasamy sold his bull at the Vadipatti weekly shandy for a paltry Rs. 22,000.

The sale of these bulls normally fetched more than Rs. 1 lakh until the Supreme Court banned the traditional sport. Since then, the Vadipatti shandi has witnessed a surge in the number of jallikattu bulls, also called Naattu Maddu, being sold to agents, who take them to slaughterhouses. “My bull had won nearly 15 prizes in jallikattu held in Madurai and Tiruchi districts. When the future of the sport itself is bleak, what is the point of rearing bulls?” Mr. Karupasamy said, parting with his proud possession.

V. Veluchamy, a bull tamer from Sakkimangalam, sold the bull that he had been rearing for eight years for Rs. 25,000 on Tuesday.

“I had three bulls, and I have sold all of them after the Supreme Court’s order. It is distressing to sell them, given that they have done me proud, winning several prizes in manjuvirattu, (another form of bull taming). The only reason for selling the bulls is high rearing cost,” he said.

According to bull rearers, they have to spend between Rs. 300 and Rs. 500 on each bull every day for fodder and maintenance.

With jallikattu’s future uncertain, the rearers were reluctant to expend anything on the animals they dearly brought up, said R. Sundarapandian, a van driver, who has been transporting bulls to the shandi of late.

Agents like S. Annakodi bought bulls from rearers in villages of Madurai and brought them to the shandi for sale.

“The maximum amount that could be got from the sale of a jallikattu bull for slaughter is Rs. 35,000. No one has ever sold the bulls for slaughter when there was no ban,” he said.

The fierce bulls were seen being manhandled by agents and transporters at the shandy to get them to board the lorries. “Most of them would be taken to Kerala for slaughter. If there is no jallikattu, they will be of no use,” said C. Thirumalai Nambi Rajan, another agent.

This news article has been reproduced from “The Hindu” (Online edition) – dated  May 21, 2014.

400 bulls to hit the ground running at Periya Suriyur


With Pongal festival just around the corner, Periya Suriyur village near here is gearing up to host the traditional jallikattu .”

The bull taming event would be held on January 15 at the village where preparatory works are in full swing. The villagers have constituted a committee for the successful conduct of the event .

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With just a week left, registration of bulls was conducted at the village on Tuesday.

As many as 400 bulls would take part in the event this year, said Arumugam, a committee member. Tokens were issued to the owners of the bulls during the day-long registration exercise , he said.

Bulls from Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Salem, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, and Sivaganga districts are expected to participate.

The event to be conducted under the direct supervision of district administration officials would start at 10 a.m. and go on up to 3.30 p.m.

Permission for tamers

Having obtained court order for conducting the event, the committee had sought permission from the district administration for the participation of around 300 bull tamers.


Revenue officials on Tuesday inspected the arrangements made for the event.

Another jallikattu would be held on January 16 at Palakurichi.

This news article has been reproduced from ‘The Hindu’ – Tamilnadu (Online) edition.


Motorcycle for ‘man of the match’ at Alanganallur ‘jallikattu’


Workers cleaning foreign tourists’ gallery for ‘jallikattu’ at Alanganallur<br /><br /><br />
near Madurai on Saturday. Photo: S.James
Workers cleaning foreign tourists’ gallery for ‘jallikattu’ at Alanganallur near Madurai on Saturday. Photo: S.James

‘Bull of the match’ will also be honoured, says organising committee chairman

The organisers of ‘jallikattu’ (bull taming sport) at Alanganallur near here plan to give away two motorcycles — under the categories of ‘man of the match’ to be awarded to the best bull tamer and ‘bull of the match’ to be awarded to the owner of the best bull — during the event scheduled for January 16.

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V. Balaji, chairman of the organising committee, said that that these titles were being introduced for the first time this year.

A host of prizes including LCD television sets, washing machines, induction stoves, dressing tables, sofas, gold and silver coins and vessels would be distributed.

He said registration of bulls would begin on Monday and close by Thursday. The organisers were expecting 600 bulls as against 497 registered last year.

The tamers can register themselves on January 10 and 11. Asked if the organising committee would be able to accommodate 600 bulls between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the time stipulated by the district administration, Mr. Balaji said: “That is why, we are introducing token system this year. Every bull would be given a number and it will enter the arena as and when the numbers are called out. It would speed up the process.”

He said that the organisers were very particular in conducting the event in a safe as well as enjoyable manner by following the norms.

This is a news article reproduced from ‘The Hindu’ – Madurai (Online) – Updated: January 5, 2014 10:47 IST  


Animal activists are biased against Jallikattu !

The so-called Animal Activists in India are creating such a big furore about Jallikattu which is actually a function to honour our Bulls and Youth !

They are targeting Tamils because we are soft people !

They should take up other causes such as this one given below!

See how the Western World makes Fur Coats! 

The follwing is a reproduction of an article from ‘FB- Animal Cruelty Exposed’

Looking at a fur coat in a glossy magazine or a store window, you might not realize that animals were beaten, electrocuted, or even skinned alive for their skin. Are you ready to find out what really happens in the name of fashion?

To kill the animals without damaging their fur, trappers usually strangle, beat, or stomp them to death. Animals on fur farms may be gassed, electrocuted, poisoned with strychnine, or have their necks snapped. These methods are not 100 percent effective and some animals “wake up” while being skinned.



It is the MNCs making money. So, THAT REAL CRUELTY is allowed! Let the animal activists try to fix that first! 

Notify jallikattu as State sport

Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum members assembling at the Tiruchi Collectorate on Monday for pressing their nine-point charter of demands. Photo: G. Gnanavelmurugan
Photo: G. Gnanavelmurugan 
Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum members assembling at the Tiruchi Collectorate on Monday for pressing their nine-point charter of demands.

National – Tamilnadu
TIRUCHI, December 17, 2013   Updated: December 17, 2013 10:00 IST

Members of the Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum urged the State government to restore the annual bull taming show, which, they said, was a martial art form, not only in the larger interest of the villagers, but also for preserving the Tamil culture and civilisation.

Led by N. Baskar, State president of the forum, they came to the Collectorate, and raised slogans in support of their nine-point charter of demands.

Mr. Baskar said jallikattu was organised in villages from Pongal festival till Aadi pooram.

The State government should extend police protection for the event in all villages. He said the conditions and restrictions (stipulated by the Supreme Court) should be revoked and the government should restore the original practice, which was in vogue till a decade ago.

They even demanded that the government allot special funds for this martial art which reflected the Tamil culture.

The Sports Development Authority should notify jallikattu as a State sport.

This news article has been reproduced from The Hindu (Online)
The original can be aceessed at : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/notify-jallikattu-as-state-sport/article5466900.ece