Banned and dangerous: Tamil Nadu’s Jallikattu sport

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Tamers tackle a raging bull at a Jallikattu event in Alanganallur, about 575 kilometers (359 miles) south of Chennai. The Supreme Court on Thursday decided against passing an order on permitting the bull-taming sport Jallikattu before January 14, when the four-day Tamil harvest festival of Pongal is slated to begin. (M. Lakshman / AP)

Tamers tackle a raging bull at a Jallikattu event in Alanganallur, about 575 kilometers (359 miles) south of Chennai. The Supreme Court on Thursday decided against passing an order on permitting the bull-taming sport Jallikattu before January 14, when the four-day Tamil harvest festival of Pongal is slated to begin. (M. Lakshman / AP)

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Competitors taking part in the bull taming sport of Jallikattu on January 16, 2014 in Alanganallur, Tamil Nadu, India. (Shutterstock)

Competitors taking part in the bull taming sport of Jallikattu on January 16, 2014 in Alanganallur, Tamil Nadu, India. (Shutterstock)

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Jallikattu has been practised for thousands of years - unlike in Spain, the bull is not killed and the object is to pluck bundles of money or gold tied to the animal’s sharpened horns. (ShutterStock)

Jallikattu has been practised for thousands of years - unlike in Spain, the bull is not killed and the object is to pluck bundles of money or gold tied to the animal’s sharpened horns. (ShutterStock)

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In, 2014 the sport was outlawed by the Supreme Court following objections from animal rights activists who say it is cruel. The court upheld the ban in January. (Shutterstock)

In, 2014 the sport was outlawed by the Supreme Court following objections from animal rights activists who say it is cruel. The court upheld the ban in January. (Shutterstock)

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Jallikattu is an event of hugging or embracing the bull and it is held in Indian state Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. (Shutterstock)

Jallikattu is an event of hugging or embracing the bull and it is held in Indian state Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. (Shutterstock)

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Jallikattu has been known to be practised during the Tamil classical period (400-100 BC). (Shutterstock)

Jallikattu has been known to be practised during the Tamil classical period (400-100 BC). (Shutterstock)

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The apex court said while the draft of the judgment has been prepared, it is not possible to deliver a verdict before Saturday when Pongal is set to be celebrated in Tamil Nadu. (Shutterstock)

The apex court said while the draft of the judgment has been prepared, it is not possible to deliver a verdict before Saturday when Pongal is set to be celebrated in Tamil Nadu. (Shutterstock)

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The bulls in Alanganallur came out of the vaadi vaasal (entry door) at high speed on January 16, 2014 in Alanganallur. (Shutterstock)

The bulls in Alanganallur came out of the vaadi vaasal (entry door) at high speed on January 16, 2014 in Alanganallur. (Shutterstock)

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Police officers watching the bull taming sport of Jallikattu in Alanganallur, Tamil Nadu, India. (Shutterstock )

Police officers watching the bull taming sport of Jallikattu in Alanganallur, Tamil Nadu, India. (Shutterstock )

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Hundreds of youths who have gathered from southern districts, participating in a protest demanding the Central government to lift the ban on Jallikattu, in Madurai on Tuesday. (PTI)

Hundreds of youths who have gathered from southern districts, participating in a protest demanding the Central government to lift the ban on Jallikattu, in Madurai on Tuesday. (PTI)

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