Kamal Haasan has voiced his support for the tradition of ‘jallikattu’ in South India. The actor said this when he was in Chennai to inaugurate a photo-exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi. The exhibition showcased Malayalam Manorama photojournalist Suresh Jayaprakash’s series ‘Veera Vilayattu’ on the famous bull-fighting tradition.
‘Jallikattu’, a bull taming sport, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.
According to a report in The Hindu, while inaugurating the exhibition actor Kamal Haasan said that the ‘jallikattu’ was not similar to bull-fighting in Spain.
He reportedly said that in South Indian culture and tradition, bulls were considered sacred and were not hurt, whereas in Spain sometimes the bulls were even killed.
The Supreme Court had banned using bulls for ‘jallikattu events’ across the country and directed governments and Animal Welfare Board of India to take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals.