The Supreme Court has upheld the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Conduct of Jallikattu) Rules, allowing the traditional bull-taming sport, Jallikattu, to continue in Tamil Nadu. The court ruled that the sport has been a part of the state's traditions for over a century. The Indian Supreme Court has upheld a 2014 law prohibiting the bullock cart racing sport Jallikattu, citing animal cruelty. The sport is popular in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. However, the court did not determine whether or not the sport was an "integral" part of the state's culture, arguing that this would require further study outside of judicial proceedings. The ruling comes after protests in the state called for a relaxation of the ban on the grounds of cultural significance.