The Indian government has lifted a ban that was imposed by the Supreme Court in 2014, on the sport of Jallikattu, a version of bull fighting that has been played for over 2000 years in Tamil Nadu state.
Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Environment and Forests announced the lifting of the ban saying the event shall take place in any district where it is traditionally held annually, at a place permitted by the district collector or magistrate.
In Jallikattu the bull is released from a pen and bullfighters who hold on to the animal’s hump for 15-20 metres or three jumps of the bull win the prize. It is considered the oldest sport still practised in the modern era. Over the years several people, including spectators, have been gored or trampled during the contests
When banning the sport the Court said that it severely harmed the animals and was an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The Animal Welfare Board of India said they will challenge the government order that lifted the ban and allowed it to resume forthwith.