India lifts ban on controversial bull run festival

Participants attempt to hold down a bull during the traditional bull-taming festival 'Jallikattu', in Palamedu near Madurai, south of ChennaiIndia has lifted a ban on a popular but controversial bull running festival, angering animal rights activists who say it is cruel and abusive. A government order said the event, held every January to mark the winter harvest in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, would be allowed to go ahead this year after it was cancelled in 2015. "Bulls may… continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu," said the order published by the environment ministry on Thursday, using the local name for the event.

January 8, 2016 9:13 am

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