Written by Erika-G
Driver biting the tail of bull to force him to run.
In February, PETA investigators attended bull races in Pusegaon and Phadtarwadi and observed bulls who had their tails bitten and twisted by human participants and who were beaten continuously in order to force them to run. Irritants were put into bulls' mouths, and they were yanked by nose ropes, causing their noses to bleed. They were also forced to run and race even after they had collapsed.
Bulls are transported to these runs crammed in goods trucks. They are then tied without water or food in the scorching midday sun – with no shade – for up to six hours as they are made to wait to race.
Breaking Tails, Breaking the LawWhen the bulls' tails are twisted and bent, the pain caused is similar to what a human would feel if someone snapped one of our fingers. As if causing this pain were not enough, bulls' tails were commonly bitten by the cart drivers and riders during the races. In some cases, the riders bit the bulls' tails for several seconds at a time while the animals ran to try to get away from the pain.
The findings of our investigation clearly show that bulls who are used in races are subjected to extreme cruelty and unmitigated suffering and that participants apparently violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as well as a Supreme Court SLP Order directing that animals cannot be tortured or subjected to cruel treatment during races.
Yanking nose rope of collapsed bull.
Bull racing is, however, inherently cruel, as forcing bulls to race involves agitating, frightening or hurting them. Regulations of any kind won't negate the fundamental cruelty of deliberately tormenting bulls and forcing them to run. Bull races should be banned altogether.
People who care about animals should never participate in or even be spectators at a bull run. Put up a fight if you hear about bull-racing events in your area and e-mail us at Info@petaindia.org to let us know. We will work with you to try to stop it.
Written by PETA
Great news from our colleagues at Animal Rahat! They not only stopped a bullock race in Maharashtra but also convinced the organisers to agree in writing to stop the races for good. This was no simple task: the team faced a mob of 5,000 people ready to participate in or watch the race. But with tact and persistence, they were able to spare the bulls from being forced to run.
Despite a recent ban on bullock racing, these cruel events are still being organised in rural areas. The bullocks are malnourished and thirsty and are routinely whipped and beaten. Cruel methods are used to keep them moving, like having pieces of barbed wire wedged underneath their harnesses. Ropes that are jammed through holes pierced in the bulls' nostrils are yanked and pulled so hard that the bulls' noses are often ripped open.
Don't let an "entertainment" event involving animals in your area go unchallenged. Contact the organisers to get it stopped, and contact us at Info@petaindia.org so that we can help.
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