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
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?
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