Solution to saving native cattle breeds lies in organic farming practices, not jallikattu
On Monday, the so-far peaceful protests against jallikattu on Chennais Marina Beach turned violent as the police sought to clear agitators from what had become ground zero of the movement against the Supreme Court ban on the bull-taming sport. Though an ordinance cleared on Saturday allowed the sport to take place this Pongal, the controversy and debate surrounding the issue refuses to abate.
Those who are opposing the ban on the sport argue that this is part of Tamil Nadus tradition and that it is the only incentive to rear indigenous bulls, instead of the high-milk yielding hybrid varieties.
It is sad that things have come to such a pass that many feel jallikattu is the last hope for indigenous cattle breed in the state.