Focus on bull-riding rodeos in Trump's USA: Kamal Haasan slams PETA for opposing Jallikattu

After top Tamil film actors Suriya and Vijay, veteran star Kamal Haasan slammed animal rights advocacy group PETA over its opposition to jallikattu, saying it was not ‘qualified’ to tackle Indian bulls and asked it to train its guns against “bull riding rodeos in Mr (Donald) Trump’s US.” “PETA go ban bull riding rodeos in Mr Trump’s US You’re not qualified to tackle our bulls,” he said in a tweet. Haasan, who had yesterday heaped encomiums on students for the ongoing protests, also said that “people at long last are getting a taste of true democracy.”

“People at long last are getting a taste of true democracy. Gone are the days of leaders. We need humble pathfinders & social reformers,” he said without elaborating. Suriya and Vijay have supported the protest by the students and lashed out at PETA for opposing the bull taming sport.

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The jallikattu issue is likely to dominate the Tamil Nadu Assembly session beginning tomorrow with the AIADMK government set to move a bill to replace the ordinance for the conduct of the bull taming sport and amend the PCA Act.

The session, likely to be brief, is being held at a crucial juncture with the state witnessing raging protests over jallikattu. The assembly is meeting for the first time after late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, 2016. Being the first session of the year, it would open with the customary Governor’s Address. The O Panneerselvam-led AIADMK government is all set to move the bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, with the main opposition DMK and its allies Congress and IUML, expected to lend their support.

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The bill would replace the ordinance, promulgated yesterday for conducting the bull taming sport after a three-year-long ban. Though it has a window of six months to replace the ordinance, the government has made it clear that the bill would be moved during this session itself. The protesters have dubbed the ordinance as a temporary measure and sought a ‘permanent solution’ for the conduct of jallikattu.

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Focus on bull-riding rodeos in Trump's USA: Kamal Haasan slams PETA for opposing Jallikattu