The Supreme Court of India on 10 January 2013 gave its nod to the Tamil Nadu Government to conduct Jallikattu from 15 January 2013. The Court gave its permission and asked the state to conduct it in accordance to the law passed by it and follow the rules and regulations of the event, framed.
The Supreme Court bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra permitting the state also passed orders making it clear that the event should be conducted, with strict adherence to the orders passed by it.
The provisions of the 2009 Act passed by the State states that to organize the Jallikattu event, a written permission from the District Collector needs to be taken and the permission should be availed at least a month before from the date fixed for the event to start. The Act has also mentioned 180 locations in the state that has been identified and notified in the gazette, where the events can be organised. The locations of the event are subject to be added and deleted at the discretion of the state. It’s the responsibility of the District Collector to make sure that every animal participating in the event is registered and the event organizers and the owners of the animals registered need to follow the conditions imposed for the exhibition.
The collector is also responsible for notifying the Chennai Chapter of the Animal Welfare Board of India about the event, so that they can depute the volunteers/representatives/animal inspectors at the locations of event, as observers. The rules mentioned also make it mandatory that the barricades that prohibit the spectators to enter the area where the bulls are tamed by the bull tamers should be eight feet high. The spectators are also not allowed to enter the same area.
The state Government would appoint a complete veterinary team at the venue to test and certify the bulls for participation in the event. The team would also be responsible for treating the bulls which get injured during the event.
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