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Bull Dies During Jallikattu

Written by PETA

Posted 01-15-2013, 10:37 AM | 77 Comments

UPDATE: On 7May 2014, the Honourable Supreme Court of India banned jallikattu, bull races, bullfights and other uses of bulls in performances.

Inspectors authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, report that during the jallikattu event held on Monday, 14 January 2013, in Avaniapuram, Madurai, a bull died from a head-on collision with a moving passenger bus because of the absence of a contained collection area for the bulls, which is a violation of the Madurai bench of the Chennai High Court guidelines that are intended to regulate jallikattu.

Participants forcing fluids, likely liquor, down the bulls’ throats.

The terrified bull ended up in the accident on the main road after running frantically away from jallikattu participants who had been chasing and deliberately agitating him. Other panicked bulls also ran from the jallikattu area onto the main road into the midst of oncoming traffic. The inspectors reported that no veterinarians could be found at the scene of the death and also witnessed cruelties, such as a person biting the tail of a bull, other people poking bulls with knives and twisting their tailbones and organisers poking and beating animals with wooden sticks and forcing fluids, likely liquor, down the bulls’ throats.

Panicked bull ran from the jallikattu area onto the main road into the midst of oncoming traffic.

Although the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a notification which banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu – the Tamil Nadu government is supporting and permitting jallikattu to be held throughout the state. Jallikattu supporters claim that the events are being held under High Court and Supreme Court guidelines. However, PETA contends that the guidelines are meaningless because they do not prevent the cruelty to animals inherent during jallikattu or stop participants and spectators from getting hurt. During jallikattu, terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented – acts that violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Bull died from a head-on collision with a moving passenger during jallikattu.

PETA is calling on authorities to ban jallikattu since it puts both animals’ and people’s lives at risk. You can help by taking action here.

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  • Leah

    Ban animal exploitation and customs that contribute to this.

  • Anna Fiona

    Unfortunately every country has their barbaric forms of “tradition” and “culture”. It is well past the time to move beyond torture and killing as a form of expression or celebration. I hope that the meager laws that are in place can force this unnecessary suffering to an end.

  • Viv Cecil

    Tormenting, abusing and killing innocent animals in the name of tradition and sport is not acceptable in a civilised society. Mahatma Gandhi said “One judges a nation on how it treats it’s animals”.

  • Judith

    Please please stop these atrocious acts against these innocent animals. What have they done to deserve this treatment? They are hardworking animals that India depends on.

  • Linda C. Phelan

    This is a disgusting display of animal cruelty and pack mentality by an obviously ignorant and unethical group of human vermin. Why is this tolerated and why aren’t gov’t agencies intervening to stop this practice? Are these of the same ilk that are committing crimes and atrocieties against the ‘human’ also???

  • Deepak Vohra


  • Mica

    That is so right we have no right to kill any animal, torture and abuse them, they are Gods animals what right do we have? India should be ashamed, I did not think this happens in their country. The World has gone mad with evil people.

  • Suchithra

    Can we write to somebody to move the Tamil Nadu Goverment on the ban of Jallikattu? Or help in any other way

  • Barry Kybird

    Stop these vile cruel acts to bulls in India. I was led to believe that Indians valued their nimals, but it seems not so, from videos of cruelty inflicted to these defenceless animals. Shame on you India.

  • Linda W. Seely

    how can anyone get a thrill off of seeing some poor animals suffer for pleasure. you morons, this must stop. these are God’s creatures
    and they must not have to suffer because of crazy people in our world. THANKS PETA FOR DOING WHAT YOU CAN TO STOP THIS.

  • JAYA

    For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.

  • Shaurya Jauhari

    Some people making supportive comments for Jallikattu must realize that pointing fingers on others doesn’t render them innocent. I humbly acknowledge that there are many fundamental confrontations towards the scope of animal welfare, but haven’t you heard of – “charity begins at home”!
    Also, ” …. shedding crocodile tears over just one bull’s death ….” is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE ! Every life is sacred and valuable. Grow up , pal ! And just for record sake, neither do I drink milk nor fly kite !

  • Shaurya Jauhari

    Too many laws to follow, but none what so ever! It ill instils upon me to know that people have characterized living legends as toys. Why are we banishing in the gallows of immorality? It should be stringently taken up by the ministries and bureaucracies that the temple of law and justice has been subjected to contempt. It should be incumbent upon them to end this bloody show.

  • Radhika Gupta

    Animals without a doubt form some of the best parts of our life. We are all inter dependent on the animals for our day to day needs. Therefore, I would request the authorities to look into the matters and therefore, bring out the laws which are going to curb the negligent death of these animals.

  • Kathleen Simmons

    The people involved in this cruelty should be ashamed of themselves. This is heart-breaking and to think that India was considered a country of peace. Mother Teresa would also be shocked by the lack of compassion.

  • Abhipsa

    Pleaseeeee dnt punish the innocet so cruelly… there r enough humans roaming around freely, who needs worse death than these poor souls who have done nothing for this torture… I would start with the ones who are responsible for this torture

  • Anasua

    sud b stopped at once.dey sud be jailed under the law of offence of killng animal

  • Joseba Gonzalez

    Please,stop cruelty,be more human and protect everything.Be good.

  • Vinay

    Its really very pity to see that we human claim to be the most privileged species on this earth who has got brain to develop ourselves But on what cost are we so inhuman lost our mercy for these pity Animals Because they cannot express pain in our Language the cannot cry as we do They cannot Shout as we do is it so? God has created us for the betterment of this beautiful planet not to destroy it because of our silly greed & needs.
    If we do not get awakened now we are going to Ruin it.
    If we cannot Provide Life To Dead We have No Right To kill.

  • Lisa Price

    end jaliikattu now!


    This inhuman brutal act has to be stopped.

  • M

    This is ridiculous and it must be stopped immediately.


    Stop the Cruelty !

  • Sarvesh

    plz stop all these rubish…….or God will kill U like this…
    Don’t think always for urself…or entertainment.

  • Rohan Bendre

    Every one in the world deserves respect. Why do we have a negative
    Attituide when it comes to animals. love animals protect animals.

  • Nidhi

    Every creature created by god deserves to live respectfully.
    Stop this brutal act in the name of culture.
    No culture gives you rights on others life.
    Better live and let live the innocent animals too.

  • Vaeyurutholibangan

    This PETA has love only for the bulls in Tamil Nadu so they protest to protect them. They hate the camels used in race in Rajasthan; they hate the birds that are killed in Gujarat during kite flying festival; they hate the horses used by the Army in Polo; they hate the elephants in the temples. So, they do not protest against the cruelty towards these animals.

  • Vaeyurutholibangan

    The PETA fakes must preach to the men and women who wear Silk towels and Silk sarees to wear only the cotton or synthetic ones. The Aryans who encroached the temples encourage use of silk cloths for adorning the deity. These sadistic practices must be stopped. Will the PETA fakes come forward to agitate in front of the temples and before the people who wear silk clothes?

  • Rajaguru Kar Balan

    Hi PETA, I admire the doctrine in which the PETA survives, as the milk drinkers and meat eaters are sheding crocodile tears on the one Bull died in an accident. Guys I will appreciate if PETA takes initiatives to stop milk companies and societies. As anatomically the milk is nutritious drink for the calf and not for human beings. So stop betraying the Cows, take initiatives to stop that menace first. Jallikattu is a sport – the balanced sport to bring the talents of the humans and the bulls, without harming anyone. Accidents are common everywhere. The casualities in jallikattu is much minimal than any motor events! So be animal friendly and support Jallikattu – those bulls are not animals, they are our family members!!!

  • LeelaSriNaveen

    Treat every animal equal to human and ban these cruel events please

  • Anshul

    Loudest cry that can`t be heard!
    Don`t trouble the animals!

  • Shivani K

    Please stop this inhumane practice once and for all…

  • Jairoop Riar

    this is outrageous…!!!! why do v worship them if v cannot tret them properly?

  • Eresha

    shame on you india….

  • Sarita

    Please Stop This.

  • Kritika

    Take some legal & strict action to stop this cruelty against animals.

  • Tamara Ali

    This is disturbing. Those people are monsters.

  • S Manral

    Please stop this horrible festival nothing good can come out of such inhumanity.

  • Natasha

    Please stop this barbarism in the name of tradition. Jallikattu is Tamil Nadu’s shame not it’s pride. How many more animals must be tortured for the cowardly Chennai High Court to see what a cruel festival this is?

  • Ishita Saha

    It is a horrific thing to participate in. Please stop this immediately.

  • Docnamratabhattacharya

    very shameful

  • Karthik

    sooooo bad:-(

  • Jennifer

    Please do stop…

  • Ritu

    plz Stop this cruel game as soon as possible

  • Margot Wiesmayr

    stop it please!!!

  • Vishnu

    there was never a tradition in India originally that had something to do with torture… this is a drunken sport, i dont think drunken drivers should be arrested if these illiterate bastards can do this without having to face anything, screw these idiots, where is the bloody “lovely” Tamil in these screwed up events

  • Khushboo Sood

    Torturing helpless animals for the sole purpose of entertainment shows just how sick your minds really are.

  • Sanam

    stop this nonsense u illiterate ppl

  • Bhavya

    i have witnessed similar cruelty in maharashtra

  • K Bharani Nath

    Time for humans to evolve from Mankind to Kind Men. We have to stop these abuses on innocents.


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