The recent post of a video that went viral showing only two bulls pulling the Chariot during Thaipusam has sparked concern among the public and netizens. The use of bulls pulling the chariot has been discussed before. We were made to understand that it is a 'tradition' that bulls are used for this and we were also assured that additional bulls are used throughout the journey so as not to stress the bulls.
It is now time that the Temple Committee think seriously and heed proposals to use motorized engines to move the chariot and perhaps source manpower to pull the chariot instead of using bulls in the future. We believe this complaint has been taken care of by the Police and the State Veterinary Deptartment officials.
There is a law against cruelty to animals, laid out in the Animals Act 1953 which states that:
"Any person who cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treats, over-rides, over-drives, overloads, tortures, infuriates, or terrifies any animal shall be guilty of an offence of cruelty and shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment or to both."