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The jallikattu-like event using foxes, or vanga nari in Tamil, is usually organised on Kaanum Pongal on the outskirts of Salem district
- With Kaanum Pongal, the fourth and final day of the harvest festival, Forest Department officials in Salem are gearing up to prevent an unusual jallikattu — one that uses foxes instead of bulls.
- The event is organised as villagers believe that it will bring bountiful rain and good fortune.
- Villagers trap the foxes and bring them to the village temple.
- The animals are muzzled and their hind legs tied with rope.
- After special rituals are conducted, the hapless animals are chased through the streets, much like bulls in the more conventional jallikattu.
- After the event, the animals are released into the forest.
- Despite a ban, the event has been organised for decades now.
- Foxes are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and hunting or capturing them is prohibited.
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