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  • Incredible India or Incredible Cruelty?

    Written by Kriti-S

    Bulls who are punched, wrestled to ground and hit with fists during the cruel sport of jallikattu have found new friends in the Irish animal rights group Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN).

    After learning that despite the Indian government's ban on the use of bulls as performing animals, the Madras High Court Bench gave permission for the cruel bull-abusing contact game jallikattu to be held in Tamil Nadu, the founder of ARAN fired off a letter to the Indian Minister of Tourism. In the letter, he said that ARAN plans to place "Incredible Cruelty" advertisements across European cities calling for a boycott of Indian tourism until the cruel bull-abusing contact game jallikattu is put to an end.

    John Carmody, the founder of ARAN, wrote: "India's reputation for treating animals with the utmost compassion and care is a major draw for almost everyone who is considering visiting your beautiful country. How can that image endure when a state government endorses an activity in which terrified bulls are surrounded by hundreds of shouting men, are hit with fists, have their tails twisted and pulled – and some even snapped and broken – and are jumped on and wrestled to the ground?"

    PETA India and its affiliates around the world have been protesting against the cruelty of jallikattu and urging the Ministry of Environment and Forests to enforce the ban on jallikattu.

    So, what do you think about ARAN's campaign?

  • John Abraham to MoEF:Enforce Jallikattu Ban

    Written by Kriti-S

    John Abraham sure has a golden heart when it comes to animals. This desi boy has been a long-time supporter of PETA India, so it's no surprise that when he learned about the plight of bulls who are abused for jallikattu, he sprang into action.

    Even though the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) made jallikattu illegal by banning the use of bulls as performing animals, the Madras High Court Bench gave permission for jallikattu to be held in Tamil Nadu. John recently fired off a letter to Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan to urge her Ministry to enforce the ban.

     

    John wrote, "As an actor, I choose to perform, but animals used for jallikattu and bull races don't. During jallikattu, bulls are deliberately terrorised and made to suffer for entertainment. They are taunted by crowds, pushed, hit and wrestled to the ground. During bull races, the animals are often beaten with nail-studded sticks".

    Thanks, John! PETA has held demonstrations on the streets of Delhi and Chennai to highlight the urgent need to enforce the ban on jallikattu. Bulls need you to speak up for them. Support John by taking a moment to write to the Ministry.

  • PETA's Person of the Year Award Goes To …

    Written by Kriti-S

    Drum roll, please! Can you guess PETA's Person of the Year?

    Here are some clues:

    She has won countless hearts through her acting skills. Her magnificent dance performances have been appreciated by many classical gurus and dance lovers worldwide. In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Her contribution to Indian society has won her the honour of the Padma Shri Award.

    Yes, we are talking about the eternal beauty Hema Malini. For repeatedly raising her voice to oppose cruelty to animals and for her staunch commitment to a humane vegetarian diet, veteran actor and politician Hema Malini has been named Person of the Year by PETA India.

    Hemaji has used her prestige time and time again to speak up for all the voiceless animals whose abuse and oppression might otherwise go unnoticed.

    Her efforts to bring about positive changes for animals in India include her heartfelt appeal this year to the Ministry of Environment and Forests on behalf of PETA India urging them to ban jallikattu. Soon after, the Ministry issued a notification in The Gazette of India stating that bulls can no longer be used as "performing" animals. This decision means an end to the cruel "sport" of jallikattu, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented.

    The "Basanti" has also come forward to help horses by urging the city of Mumbai to ban horse-drawn carriages. In November, the Mumbai High Court issued a landmark decision cracking down on unlicensed stables housing horses used to pull carriages. This is expected to mean the end of the use of horse-drawn carriages on Mumbai roads.

    A strict vegetarian, Hemaji is the embodiment of the kindness and determination to effect positive social change that PETA India stands for!

    Congratulations, Hemaji! Thank you for being such a positive inspiration.

  • Bull in a Wheelchair Protests Against Jallikattu

    Written by PETA

     

    Does the idea of an injured bull sitting in a wheelchair sound weird to you? Well, so is the spectacle of jallikattu. Two "injured" members of PETA India covered in bandages while lying in hospital beds protested against the cruel spectacle of jallikattu in Chennai. Another PETA member, dressed as an injured "bull", sat between them in a wheelchair.

     

    Their point? Jallikattu – in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented – is in flagrant violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and has caused injury and death to humans as well as animals. Because attempts to regulate jallikattu have failed profoundly, PETA India has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permits jallikattu.

    Through this one-of-a-kind protest in Chennai, our campaign coordinator Bhuvaneshwari Gupta hopes to remind everyone that until jallikattu is banned, bulls will continue to be tormented and people will continue to be injured and killed.

    Help us ban jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. Please write to the Ministry of Environment and Forests now.

    Thanks!

     

  • Hema Malini Calls for a Ban on Jallikattu

    Written by Kriti-S

    The eternal beauty and Bollywood's original dream girl, Hema Malini, who continues to rule the hearts of millions of people around the world, has proved once again that she has a golden heart for animals. Besides being a legendary actor, Hema has been a long-time PETA supporter. She has helped us in our campaign to stop cruel horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai, and now she's got her sights set on banning cruelty to bulls used for jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

    After learning how fatal and cruel jallikatu is to humans and bulls, she immediately penned a letter to the Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, calling for the Ministry to take steps to stop the violent event. This letter comes just in time for the next hearing of the case that PETA India has filed in the Supreme Court against the the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permits jallikattu. In the petition, the group points out that the cruel "game" of jallikattu violates the spirit of the national Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and causes numerous injuries and deaths every year to human participants and spectators.

    A recent PETA investigation of five jallikattu events documented that bulls were tied so tightly that it caused the animals severe discomfort and pain. The bulls were then hit with fists, had their tails twisted and pulled, were jumped on and were wrestled to the ground. Not only is jallikattu cruel to animals, it also poses a threat to public safety. In one four-day period in January 2011, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events and two people died. Of those injured, 154 were spectators.

    So all you fans and admirers of Hema Malini, please join her in urging Minister Jairam Ramesh to help stop jallikattu cruelty. What are you waiting for? Write to the Minister right now by using this link.

    Thank you!

  • PETA Goes to Supreme Court for Jallikattu Ban

    Written by Kriti-S

    Jallikattu is a gruesome "sport" that is organised in certain districts of Tamil Nadu.

    During this event, local residents chase and taunt frightened bulls in an attempt to grab prizes tied to their horns. The bulls are hit and prodded with sticks and other objects, pushed, kicked, hit and wrestled to the ground.

    PETA will do whatever it takes to get this horrific event banned. We have filed a petition with the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permits Jallikattu, pointing out that this cruel event both violates the spirit of the national Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and causes numerous human injuries and deaths every year to human participants and spectators. PETA representatives discussed the issue recently at a news conference in Chennai.

    Want to help us spare bulls from this cruelty? Please write a letter today to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu calling for a Jallikattu ban.

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