One Bull and a crowd of screaming people.Its not a story but its reality,a scene of a bull fighting. Yes, today I am writing about the bull fighting in India typically parctised in Tamilnadu state as part of festival Pongal, celebrated on Muttu Pongal day. The bull fighting in this festival is known as Jallikuttu or sallikkutu , also known as Eru Thazhuvuthal and Manju virat.Lets talk profoundly, the word Jallikuttu is the modern term derived from sallikkutu, here ‘Salli’ means coins and ‘kuttu’ means package,in this Multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump of the bull with both arms and hang on to it while the bull tries to escape. Participants hold the hump as long as possible,and try to control the bulls actions. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull’s horns. MANJU VIRAT means “bull chasing”.
In this sport a bull, commanly of the Kangayam breed, is released into the crowd (wohoo thrilling!!)
Instead of the traditional form of one man against one animal, jallikuttu is a mass participant ritual of thousands of men chasing a bull.
Nowdays, jallikuttu become a national concern cause the people of Tamilnadu is “passionate” about jallikuttu Supreme court banned the practice in may, 2014.
But my concern is a bull. Yes, a bull, everyone is enjoying the sport obviously they are scared but they are enjoying . A poor bull run here and there and Hundreds of men chasing a bull and trying to hold on to its hump or stop it by pulling at or twisting its tail. People laugh and clap but not a single person think, “may be this bull is scare”. When I saw the video of jallikuttu on YouTube I didn’t understand do I laugh or cry?
If I see a running bull in front of me, I will surely run back to my home. Definitely I’m not the one who shows strength on a strong scared bull. the sport wass also popular in spain ,they used red cloth to make a bull angry. Why animals are being treated as playing tools .They are not aware what people are going to do with them. Is humanity getting lost in black hole with pasding days?? I mean there are lots of sports to play but people are treating animals in this way to just for their entertainment. If i talk about India ,if a bull in anger, hit a person it becomes breaking news and show concern about the person. But in this case they are humiliating the bull , now the question is whom to blame?
Basically my point is animals are not people’s entertainment tool , they are created by god to add beauty in the nature not for this kind of apathy.