With all the Jallikattu buzz all around, I was astounded by the support and the unity, and all of the selfless protests going on. Amazed. Was urged to put up a status saying ‘I support Jallikattu ‘ I just wanted to, because, come on, one person might be wrong, or even 2. But not an entire freaking state. Nope. I was very sure the protests had a solid cause. But nay, without knowing all about it, I could not think of updating a status. Now that I have done my part and have gone through numerous articles, I will voice out my opinion. A few points , and I will be done. So hear me out, will you!
1. For the umpteenth time, Jallikattu is NOT bullfighting. Jallikattu/ Yeru thazhuvuthal means ‘Bull embracing’. Get your facts straight.
2. PETA wants the ban of Jallikattu, because animal rescue is their responsibility, they said. But by preventing Jallikattu, the bulls will directly be sent to Slaughter houses, they never said. *Slow claps*
3. Yes, years ago, the bulls were given alcohol, but that is old. Naive people. But now rules have been imposed and followed. There is no alcohol involved, neither is there any of the chilli powder thing going on. The bulls are tested for alcohol, and so are the men. Medical tests are involved. There are people from all the animal rescue teams with their prying eyes, for God’s sake, from the start till the end of the event. How is it still a problem then? In what way?
4. As much as they shove the pictures of injured men or bulls, up our faces, they do not show the ones where the bull is a part of the family pictures. They just wouldn’t.
Neither would they talk about how divine the species are considered. The respect attributed to them, nor the pictures of a whole village mourning at the death of a temple bull. The tradition.
5. Cattle breeds in India 100 years ago , 130. Now, 37. Do you have anything to say to this, PETA?
6. The bulls are NOT traumatised. The entire event is a lively one with screams and laughter and shrieks and shouts of people as they run. And hey, the bulls are familiar with the sport and come prepared for it. Dogs are playful, cats are clean. Bulls are wild. That’s just how they are.
7. They say the bulls are injured and hurt due to men trying to climb over them. One question, how much would a man weigh, let’s say an 80? 85? Two of them? 160? How much do you think a bull weighs? 250-350 kilos. And they can pull upto 2.5 times their weight. Now rant about the bulls being burdened and traumatised when a man climbs over! It’s like a kitten climbing over you.
8. So what happens if there’s no Jallikattu? The calves that would otherwise be reared or fed with nutritious diets and tamed, would now go to slaughter houses. The beef that you eat.
So I am assuming their claim that Jallikattu ban would rescue animals means, they would be protecting these young calves from having to live in this cruel world. Kill them and save them. Is that it?
Cuz I see no other ‘Animal Rescue’ thing going on.
9. About the bulls being injured, one, happens very rarely. Two, there are no weapons obviously. 3, nobody even dreams of hurting those divine species.
The same with the bulls, they charge towards the crowd wildly, getting excited when people run away in fear. But that is it. The bull would not run right into you, ever. Again, when treated wrongly, reflexes can’t be stopped. There is no real danger unless you do not know your rules.
10. We are not against PETA. All of us are on the same page against animal cruelty. We are against PETA in this case since we see no point on the ban. Jallikattu preserves native cattle breeds. The ban will eventually lead to extinction of our breeds. Jallikattu will lead to strong and virile breeds. The ban would lead to the death of the calves sooner than ever, thanks to the slaughter houses.
11. The people who are against Jallikattu , are the blind believers who have been reading the headlines over the years. The headlines that tell the world about the injuries at the event, loss of lives and all of that. What only do you expect from press? Sensational news. If the event is praised, wouldn’t catch many eyes. So dig up all the flaws instead.
12. The other bunch of people against Jallikattu are these big MNCs or the people at the slaughter houses. Why?
No Jallikattu means, the native breed is lost. The native breed is lost means, more imported breeds, why? Because they can secrete more milk? How? They are commercial breeds. What happens to the quality of the milk?God knows! What happens to our own cattle, sold to the slaughter houses. All the meat exported to the foreign countries. What happens to the market prices of the cattle, falls to rockbottom. Whose gain? The big Dairy industries that replace ours. Who’s affected? The dairy farmers. What other alternative occupation do they have? None.
What do we have now? Everything, but no native breeds. The cattle is gone. The farmers are gone.
So now can I say ‘WedoJallikattu’?
I guess, yes.