'Man is the most dreadful enemy of poor animals,' opined English rationalist and philosopher Sir John Locke. His observation is all the more spot-on in the ongoing context of Jallikattu charade in Tamil Nadu. First of all, why should Apex Court step in? Can't we human beings understand on our own that
it's a savage practice? Human-beings are basically ill-evolved and ruthless to the core. We still enjoy bull-fighting and boxing, which are throwbacks to our cave-dwelling past and a primitive mindset. That Jallikattu is being justified because it's a very old tradition, vindicates Noam Chomsky's 'Justification Syndrome' that states that ' Human mind tends to justify all wrong things because somewhere it knows that the practice is wrong.' That's why, we're always ready with specious arguments and plausible explanations, be it meat-eating, jingoism, honour-killing or religious extremism. We don't want to accept the universal fact that all animals have a level of consciousness and torturing them in the name of a tradition (however ancient it may be), religion, sports, play or entertainment is not just cruel but also criminal on our part. Stop torturing not just bulls but all animals, who can't speak but cry hysterically when we treat them brutally.