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February 03, 2019 - Brewinate

Jallikattu Bullfighting: The Horns of a Dilemma in India

Jallikattu Bullfighting: The Horns of a Dilemma in India
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Animal rights activists in India have been at the forefront of a legal campaign against jallikattu—a form of bullfighting in the province of Tamil Nadu, where the tamer has to hold on to the bull over three strides, run a predetermined length with the bull, or hold it in check for a certain length of time. The tamer is not armed, nor is the bull killed (distinguishing it from Spanish bullfighting), but animal rights activists have drawn attention to such cruel practices as boring the bull’s nose, intoxicating it, and rubbing its eyes with irritants, for instance.

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