Thousands of Indians protest ban on bull-taming

However, animal activists in India have been supporting the ban, as human injuries and fatalities have been observed in the past during the festival.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

An Indian man can be seen performing Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, India in this file photo.

Updated Jan 17, 2017

Thousands of people took to the streets in Tamil Nadu in South India on Monday protesting a ban on Jallikattu, the ancient and popular bull-taming sport. 

In Jallikattu, a running bull is released into a crowd of people, and participants then attempt to grab the bull's hump and ride it for as long as possible trying to bring the bull to a stop.

Police were deployed in large numbers after several organisations vowed to violate the ban which was placed in 2014 by India's top court.

TRT World 's Sarah Jones has more details.