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  1. in Srilanka] “..,animal welfare has also become an emotive political issue. In the wake of the new government, numerous campaigns have sprung up against the use of elephants in peraheras (Buddhist religious processions). The elephant has been part of Buddhist culture and tradition for millennia and these campaigns have stirred up strong feelings. Pressure from activists has also led to Buddhist monks being remanded for allegedly ill treating elephants. While English social media highlights the rescue of elephants from malnourishment and ill treatment: Sinhala social media perceives an onslaught on its time honoured traditions by foreigners and non Buddhists. The result is to stoke widespread murmurings and deep suspicion, once again intensifying the fissures in Sri Lankan society.”



  2. To be fair to the ass—the law—the Supreme Court did give good guidelines for conducting Jallikattu from 2008 to 2014. But the rules were ignored by the Pongal cowboys and their greedy sponsors.

    “In the past, from 2008 to 2014, the special conditions of the Supreme Court regulating Jallikattu were brazenly flouted at all the events which were inspected by the Animal Welfare Board of India. The evidence gathered during the inspection proved that no regulation can or will protect bulls from misery or people from injuries. The findings revealed that Jallikattu is inherently cruel to animals and is a threat to human participants, spectators and any police or government representative assigned to monitor an event.” – Gauri Maulekhi

    So the cowboys and their sponsors have only themselves to blame for the now government-overturned ban.

    And today, have they changed their “traditional” ways?

    Already there are three dead—including one policeman—and close to a hundred injured by the harassed, angry bulls.

    Are the cowboys and their very greedy sponsors (who are placing the big bets) going to follow the rules—ever?


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