indigenous breeds

Jallikattu in Alaganallur, Madurai
Animal Rights
Democracy

Some absurd arguments in favor of Jallikattu ban

As the jallikattu debate heats up and protests rage in Tamil Nadu, there are a lot of ignorant arguments being made in favor of the ban. Trying to dispel some of them. Bulls are not naturally aggressive There is also this absurd Facebook video doing the rounds to “prove” it. This Teacher Showed The True […]

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bull-aggression
Animal Rights
Democracy

Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India

I am neither defending nor opposing jallikattu. Nor do I intend this to be an adverserial discussion. Bear with me, it is slightly long. The downside of describing behavior of bulls to those not trained to see it is that each picture seems to take a thousand words. My response to the response by Poorva Joshipura, […]

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Bull taming at jallikattu, Allangur, India
Animal Rights
Democracy

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate

I have refrained from commenting on jallikattu for a long time, mainly because I don’t have any real experience or concrete insight on the subject (yes, that does prevent me from making opinions known). However, after several debates, reading up, arguments and a lot of thinking, I can definitely say that a middle way needs […]

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Exotic and indigenous cattle population between 2007 and 2012
Animal Rights
Democracy
Knowledge

Animal husbandry, cattle slaughter and economic viability in five images

In an attempt to bring reason to the debate on cow slaughter bans, I have tried to present data from Maharashtra where the broadening of an existing ban on the slaughter of cows to include calves, bulls and bullocks has the poor cattle owners of the drought stricken state devastated as their livestock has overnight […]

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Vidyut and Nitin with their horses
Democracy

Native breeds and native work

Two articles by P. Sainath – Cattle Class: native vs exotic and Holy Cow! Small is beautiful! about the value of indigenous breeds of cattle caught my attention and took me straight back to my nomad days. I remember having very similar opinions with horses. Sharing here my observations with three breeds of horses, and […]

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