New Delhi: A day after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa asked the Centre to promulgate an ordinance to allow Jallikattu, animal rights groups PETA India on Wednesday shot off a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee urging him not to pass any such ordinance so that bulls remain protected.
On a day when the Supreme Court refused to vacate its order staying the Centre's notification lifting ban on the controversial bull-taming sport Jallikattu, PETA India said that it was "relieved" that bulls will continue to remain protected for now.
"After learning from various reliable news reports that TN CM J Jayalalitha has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to disseminate an ordinanace allowing Jallikattu, PETA India fired off a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee urging him not to pass any such ordinance so that bulls can remain protected," a PETA India statement said.
Jayalalithaa in her letter to Modi had on Tuesday said, "Considering the urgency of the issue, I strongly reiterate my earlier request to promulgate an ordinance forthwith to enable the conduct of Jallikattu. On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, I urge you to take immediate action in this regard."
The PETA India letter said, "We urge you (President) not to pass any ordinance allowing bull races, Jallikattu, bull fights or any other similar events or to allow the use of bulls as performing animals again under any pretext."
The letter also referred to the Supreme Court refusal on Wednesday to vacate its order staying the Centre's notification lifting ban on Jallikattu as also observations of the apex court before staying the notification.
"We would like to point out that any such ordinance will be unconstitutional as it ultra vires of the Constitution of India and will be an inappropriate use of power usurping law-making powers of the legislature.
"Article 51A(g) in the Constitution of India, 1949 makes it the mandate for every Indian citizen 'to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures'. Our tradition and culture is, therefore, clearly one of compassion, not cruelty," the animal rights body wrote in the letter.
Meanwhile, sources said that officials of Law and Environment Ministries held a meeting yesterday to discuss the possibility of bringing an ordinance to overturn the Supreme court order.