In monumental ruling hailed as a major victory for animal welfare in India, the nation's Supreme Court has voted to ban Jallikattu, a centuries-old bull running festival -- reaffirming that cruel treatment towards animals should not be accepted simply because it is tradition.
Unlike the more widely known "Running of the Bulls" in Spain, the annual Jallikattu bull run involves people grabbing and chasing after animals, which often inevitably results in severe injuries and deaths among both humans and bulls participating. Both government leaders and animal rights activists have called the sport "barbaric."
The highest court in the nation agreed, with Supreme Court Justice KS Radhakrishnan wording the Justices' ruling in an elegantly simple, yet remarkably forward-looking way:
"All living creatures have inherent dignity and a right to live peacefully."