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The cruel sport of ferocious bulls 'Jallikattu' continues to attract thousands

Spiking the adrenaline rush in a audience this sport is a huge crowd-puller. The excitement among the audience for this sport could be seen as thousands of spectators are still coming to see this bloody contest that unfolded at Palamedu here and Suriyur in Tiruchirappalli district.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 16 Jan 2020 7:46 AM GMT

The cruel sport of ferocious bulls Jallikattu continues to attract thousands
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Madurai: Jallikattu is a popular bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu. This traditional sport of the state has been criticized by many animal right activists and also has been given a reputation of a cruel blood sport. In this sport dozens of men jump on a bull while thousands scream and cheer. The animal has no fair sporting chance whatsoever.

Spiking the adrenaline rush in a audience this sport is a huge crowd-puller. The excitement among the audience for this sport could be seen as thousands of spectators are still coming to see this bloody contest that unfolded at Palamedu here and Suriyur in Tiruchirappalli district.

These ferocious bulls are so dangerous that even the tamers were awed by several bulls which were determined to not allow anyone to even come anywhere near them.

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Interestingly, a huge bull not only allowed none to go near it, but also stood boldly on the sporting arena for a while refusing to move on.

When a team of men arrived on a mini-truck to drive it away, it kept charging towards the vehicle.

Eventually, a man well trained in cattle rearing managed to throw a rope around its neck and led it away.

Approximately 1,000 bulls and an equal number of tamers are taking part in these two events.

In Palamedu here, the event was inaugurated by Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar and tamers took an oath to stick to rules and not do anything that may harm the animals.

Jallikattu was held at Avaniapuram here on Wednesday to mark the start of the annual event.

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Saima Siddiqui

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