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New Investigation Exposes Jallikattu Cruelty

Written by PETA

Posted 02-04-2014, 10:09 AM | 165 Comments

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

A new inspection of jallikattu events – which took place between 14 and 17 January in four districts in Tamil Nadu – conducted by a team that included investigators from PETA India and Animal Rahat and that was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has revealed once again that jallikattu is inherently cruel to animals and a threat to people. The investigation included inspections of seven jallikattu events that were held at Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur in Madurai district; Periya Suriyur and Avarankadu in Tiruchirappalli district; Neikkarapatti in Dindigul district and Koolamedu in Salem district. PETA India has filed a petition with the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court stating that cruelty to bulls and injuries to people were commonplace during the recent jallikattu events and that the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the High Court about holding jallikattu – which state that bulls should not be harmed – were ignored. PETA India also points out, as per the complaints made by the AWBI-authorised inspectors, that police have registered 46 First Information Reports (FIR) against those who violated court guidelines and The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The acts of cruelty to animals included the following:

  • Biting bulls’ tails

A bull’s tail was bitten in the vadi vasal in Avaniapuram on 14 January.

A bull was bitten in the vadi vasal in Periya Suriyur on 15 January. 

  • Twisting bulls’ tails and breaking their tail vertebrae

This bull’s tail was yanked inside Avaniapuram’s vadi vasal on 14 January.

This bull’s tail was pulled in order to force the animal out of the vadi vasal in Periya Suriyur on 15 January. 

This bull’s tail was pulled by a spectator in Periya Suriyur on 15 January. 

This bull’s owner twisted his tail in order to force the reluctant animal to get back on his feet in Palamedu on 15 January. 

This bull’s tail was savagely yanked in Avarankadu on 17 January.

  • Poking and jabbing bulls with sickles, spears, knives or sticks

This bull was poked with several sticks inside the vadi vasal in Periya Suriyur on 15 January. 

Bulls such as this animal were poked in the face inside the vadi vasal in Periya Suriyur on 15 January. 

This pocket knife was seized from a bull tamer in a waiting area in Avaniapuram on 14 January.

  • Beating bulls with bare hands

This man whacked his bull in the vadi vasal in Avaniapuram on 14 January.

  • Whipping bulls with nylon ropes

Bulls such as this one were whipped by owners inside the vadi vasal in Avaniapuram on 14 January.

  • Conducting unauthorised “parallel” jallikattu

A spectator pulled a bull’s tail in the inadequate collection area in Periya Suriyur on 15 January.

Spectators hit and punched bulls in the collection area in Avarankadu on 17 January.

Bulls ran amok on the streets of Avaniapuram on 14 January.

  • Forcing bulls to drink liquids that were likely liquor

A white-coloured liquid was forced down the throat of this bull in Alanganallur on 16 January.

These liquor bottles had been seized by Animal Husbandary Department (AHD) authorities in the waiting area in Avaniapuram on 14 January.

  • Yanking bulls by nose ropes and bleeding nostrils

Bulls, such as this one in Koolamedu on 17 January, suffered from bleeding nostrils because of savage yanking on nose ropes. 

  • Ear cutting and mutilation

It’s high time that jallikattu is relegated to the history books. Take action today!

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  • Melinda Tran

    This is a big shame when India is a religious and democracy country, but they live primitiv and like junglellaw

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  • Ortwin Mergner

    …and such people got the A-bomb ! Good night Mother Earth !!
    STOP YOUR BLOODY ABUSES OF ANIMALS IN THE NAME OF TRADITION – ONCE AND FOR ALL :((

  • Christina Kazantza

    As usual Indians show the way on their cruelty towards animals and women also by forcing them to abort when they are pregnant with girls. Nice kaffirs s usual

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  • Patricia Shackelford

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  • PETA

    @Linda Wark You can urge your friends and family never to patronise such blood sports by posting about it on all your social networks. You can also share this hard-hitting investigation video about jallikattu: http://bit.ly/1d57nZE.

  • Kanika

    This behaviour is untolerable and horrific,The worst part is seeing people enjoy this cruel site.They dont have any right to call themselves humans anymore.

  • Avishek Patra

    This is inhuman. Those peoples should be immediately arrested based on the FIR lodge.

  • Shirley Kramer

    This absolutely angers me to no end! What in God’s name is the reasoning for this ungodly torture? This has got to STOP!! Come on Judge have some compassion for these animals and end the torture, there is nothing humerus about this!!!

  • Sabine Alkier

    OHNE WORTE !!!!

  • Patricia R

    There again. Some stupid male activity in a country trying to maintain dark ages traditions so called “cultural” with the passive complicity of non-interfering authority.

  • Julie Tuckwell

    These are not human, they are pure evil. To be able to look into those terrified eyes of the animal and inflict such pain and torture is beyond comprehension. I’m so disgusted with all of the animal cruelty that is going on, and the fact that these people feel that they have the right to take these animals and do this. They are not possessions, they belong in the wild. This is absolutely barbaric.

  • Satou Hikari

    この署名活かしてください。

  • Gisela Sanders

    Shame on all those “human beings” who accept this cruelty. Is this entertainment? Lack of intelligence? Or a strange kind of believe in a strange kind of God.There is no excuse of torturing these animals. Stop this once and forever.

  • Krishna Teja

    there is no humanity,people do anything for his happiness but that happiness comes from animals life,pls stop animal abuse…………………………..

  • Tiziana Ponziani

    SHAMEEEEE!

  • RVeras

    What do we need to do to stop this once and for all; there’s got to be something we could do. what, what, what?????

  • Ramkrish

    Sure, the cruelty on animals should be stopped but how many of the animal protectionists are really a true vegetarians, most must be eating all crawling and all flying in all possible ways. First these activist must be a true vegetarian to even talk about animal protection, next they should protest against all slaughter houses throughout the country and make all those butchering shops closed. When not doing these two on what basis they claim to be an animal protection activists? Every streets has some slaughter shops where they butcher animals, skin them and display its internal organs by hanging it right in the broad day light and can see the carcass eating humans queue to buy those dead bodies to eat. It is nothing but a mockery these activists are playing on Jallikattu. Let them first shut-off butcher shops and eating animals.

  • Louie Genzano

    It is difficult to watch such cruelty. I do not know how humans can be so cruel and heartless. I would never want to be born an animal on this planet earth. Absolutely horrible.

  • Angela Ferrario

    Facciamo terminare questa crudeltà x favore… Uniamoci a favore si queste povere creature

  • SK725

    I cannot believe such cruelty is being tolerated and allowed within this country! Shame on the government officials who are allowing these bulls to be tortured. This is no respect for animals or wildlife. I’m outraged and sickened that this would be allowed. You are a disgrace!

  • Carlos Otero

    Stop this blatant animal cruelty IMMEDIATELY!

  • Lola Simm

    WHY !!!!! Is this fun for them, shame on them

  • Mntryjoseph

    These sub-humans remind me of Nazi’s. Cruel torture towards another sentient being should never be allowed! These torturers have no conscience!

  • Kim Hockman

    This behavior is HORRIFIC! Stop the abuse now!!!

  • Katherine

    this is horrific and beyond cruel. God sees all, and will tend to the monsters that hurt His creatures, these precious bulls of His.

  • Evelyn Ball

    Again the ignorance, stupidity and inhumanity of the human animal rears its ugly head. |What a bunch of useless humans, they need to be treated the same way. Sick and tired of POS humans abusing innocent animals.

  • MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA

    POR FAVOR PARAR YA ESTA CRUELDAD. EL GOBIERNO DE ESE PAIS DEBE PONER FIN A ESTE SUFRIMIENTO A LOS ANIMALES. NO ES POSIBLE QUE OCURRAN ESTAS ABERRACIONES CONTRA ESTOS POBRES SERES.

  • Natalia

    Basta de tortura animal, estoy harta de ver estas barbaridades con los animales, paren de una vez con esta crueldad.

  • Laurel Mancini

    The cow is a work animal. It is bad karma to mistreat a working animal.

  • Romola Newport

    These abusers should be in prison, they are vile humans, how can they find such sick behaviour entertaining.

  • Gordana

    SHAME ON YOU!!!!

  • Jan Walter

    Stop this cruelty. It shows mankind at it’s worse. There is absolutely NO need or excuse for it. Shame on you!

  • Cheryl Zellmer

    This is nothing but sadism acted out against innocent animals. Stop this barbaric cruelty now! There is no sense or purpose to it.

  • Judith Basye

    These are sadistic cowards torturing a terrified helpless animal.people are judged by how they treat the helpless. These cowards are uncivilized.

  • Mary Gardner

    This is just CRUEL!!!

  • Marilyn

    These Pathetic Subhumans, need to have their ” weiners ” twisted, bent, and torn off for what they do to these poor animals ! These people need to do some kind of work that helps their families rather than this Horrendous Cruelty they thrive on ! I know how Cruel they are with other animals too ! It seems to be that the women are taking care of the home and these Idiots are doing whatever they want like children instead of grown men !

  • Wendy

    It is barbaric, blatant animal cruelty. India has a long way to go from its barbaric past. I wish I was there with a gun. I would have had to shoot every bastard there.

  • Stacey S.

    Stop this blatant animal cruelty IMMEDIATELY! May God lessen the suffering of these poor bulls.

  • Phyl

    An eye for an eye. These people should get the same treatment they dole out to defenseless animals.

  • Ronald Lemert

    What kind of barbarians would do such disgusting things to living creatures? They should all be arrested and kept far away from civilized society.

  • Kevin Lawlor

    Without these beautiful animals life would be so hard yet you choose to treat them as worse than dog shit. Are you proud- hope in the next life you come back as one of these unfortunate animals. Cowardly bastards.

  • Linda Steers

    And this behaviour is acceptable why?

  • Marliese Backaert

    Poorest animals! That’s awful. These cruel monsters are disgusting and absolutely must be stopped !!!

  • Debbie W.

    THIS IS HORRIFYING. YOU ARE RIGHT ABOVE. THESE ARE PIECE OF SH— MEN IN CASE ANYONE IS UNSURE OF THE ABBREVIATION. I HOPE THEY DIE A VERY PAINFUL DEATH. HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF SOMEONE TORTURED THEM OR THEIR FAMILY????? THESE ARE INNOCENT ANIMALS NOT TOYS….

  • Pierre Chantelauze

    I’m more and more aware people are the worst species on the planet.This is a nightmare.All that for their dirty,low”enjoyment”. For God’s sake leave the animals in peace. “The Lord is my Shepherd.he makes me rest in green pastures.He leads me near tranqui waters.”(Psalm 23)

  • Claudia Ezinicki

    Stop this idiotic cruel behavior.Ans

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