After hearing petitions, the Supreme Court has stayed the Union Government’s notification lifting ban on ‘Jallikattu’, the traditional bull taming sport, which is practiced during the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu, India. As per the reports, the four-year-old ban on the holding of Jallikattu ahead of the Pongal festival, along with Bullock cart races in Maharashtra, had been earlier lifted on January 8, 2016 by the Union Government.The notification allowed the exhibition or training of bulls and some other animals as performing animals, by following the traditional customs as a part of culture. There were, however, a few guidelines added to regulate these sports involving animals as performing animals, along with the notification. About Jallikattu:Jallikattu is an ancient bull taming ritual-cum-sport performed as part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. The festivals are held from January to July, every year. In May 2014, the Supreme Court of India banned the sport, citing animal welfare issues. Here are some of the laws against animal cruelty in India: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) says that infliction of unnecessary pain on any animal, without killing, is a punishable offence. However, prosecution against this Act should not hold for more than three months from the date of the offenceUnder Section 11 of the PCA Act, feeding poisoned substances to animals is illegal and can attract jail term for the offender. Under sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it is illegal to injure animals by throwing stones or acid towards them. It is also illegal to kill stray animals. Doing so will attract a fine of Rs 2,000 or a jail term of up to five yearsUnder Section 11, using animals for fighting or baiting against money or arranging any place for it, can also put the offender behind bars. The same law bars anyone from taking part in any animal shooting activityThe Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, has been the most effective tool against animal cruelty in India. Under the Act, capturing, killing, poisoning, snaring, or trapping any wild animal, injuring, damaging or stealing body part of any animal also constitutes hunting. Even disturbing or damaging the eggs or nests of wild birds and reptiles is tantamount to huntingSuch acts of animal cruelty are punishable to a fine of Rs 10,000 for first-time offenders and can be extended to Rs 25,000 in case of a repeat. However, killing a wild animal inside a core area of a forest attracts a mandatory jail term of three years, extendable to seven years, and a fine of Rs 50,000 that can extend to Rs 2 lakh. advertisement Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.