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Supreme Court Bans Jallikattu, Bull Races and Bullfights

Written by PETA

Posted 05-07-2014, 04:07 PM | 427 Comments

Today, the Honourable Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgment in favour of PETA India and the government body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) clarifying that bulls must not be used in jallikattu, bull races, bullfights or any other type of performance. PETA was represented in court by leading counsel Raj Panjwani.


PETA has vigorously campaigned against the use of bulls in these cruel events. The group’s  investigators have found that terrified bulls are deliberately disoriented, have their tails twisted and bitten and are stabbed, punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks. In bullfights, the round ends when one of the bulls is either killed or manages to flee. PETA’s campaign to end this abuse was vocally supported by legendary actors Hema Malini and John Abraham, who both wroteto the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) calling for jallikattu to be stopped.

Although the MoEF issued a notification in 2011 that banned the use of bulls as performing animals,thereby banning jallikattu, bull races and bullfights, these spectacles were still permitted to be held. Now, the Supreme Court has made clear that this notification must be upheld. It also struck down the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permitted jallikattu.The Supreme Court also noted that the penalties for cruelty to animals under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, are weak and that the act requires an update. The AWBI had formulated a draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011, to strengthen the law, but this draft has yet to be passed.

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  • P. P. Unnikrishnan

    This cruel act has to be stopped. We are not the people to decide the fate of animals. I am a person who looks after 15 desi cows at home caring them as my children. I can understand the feelings of this poor animal. I request all kind hearted people to look after any animal at home and save them from the cruelty of men.

  • Brett Miller

    Please stop the cruelty!

  • Sandeep Singh

    This should be banned.

  • Ai

    we are a violent & primitive spices, its time to evolve past our disabilities, or the give in to kill & be killed behavior we all posses!, wat would god want us to do!?,…..or do you really care?!….the KARMA will care of the “good& the bad”, as it always has & always will…forever!!

  • Stop kill the bull races that means so cruel!!!

  • Julie

    I’ll never understand how humans can enjoy torturing and harming animals for entertainment. It’s pathetic and immoral.

  • Carolyn Kiss

    My mother is from India..born in Chenai in 1929..she personally knew Mahatma Gandhi and Neru…..and Mahaut Gisele Anne Drummond says you MUST STOP this horrible practice.
    You should honour his wishes, he made India a nation, without him you would NOT be where you are now.

  • Shelia Jons

    This is not honorable, tradition or culture and is no longer acceptable in a modern society. 

  • Elena Raini

    Orrible, this is inhuman,stop your jallikattu ,please , it’s terrible , it’s shocking , the animals are innocent !

  • Stop kill and stabbing and murder!!

  • Gulcehre

    Terrible, and inhuman , must be stopped

  • India once was thought to be a peaceful country-but now, thanks to Internet, the ENTIRE WORLD knows of your cruelty to animals and I begin tio think that there are no real men there if they get pleasure out of torturing bulls. Your jallikkatu is on of the most horrendous, disgusting things I have ever heard of. I bet Ghandi has rolled over in his grave (r.i.p.). Leave these innocent bulls alone! ABOLISH NOW the jallikkatu! In 2009 we had applauded you for “saying” you agreed to not accept animal cruelty-but now yoou’ve changed your mind?! Do you understand the meaning of the word “civilized”?/disgustoso-Non sapevon che l’India e’ una nazione cosi’ incivile-il mondo intero-grazie all’Internet-adesso lo sa adesso cosa siete! ABOLIRE IMMEDIATAMENTE il vostro jallikattu e lasciare in pace i tori innocenti! Nel 2009 avevate detto di eliminare questi “eventi” crudeli-adesso siete tornati indietro? Ma capite il significato dellla parola “civile”? Communque, adesso avete perso migliaia di turisti e anche il rispetto che prima avevate-

  • I used to believe that your country was dedicated to being peaceful but, more and more, I am seeing that you no have no interest at all in peace.
    The whole world is watching and judging your animal-cruelty, You are destroying the incentive of people wanting to go as tourists to India. If you are capable of such events like your horrendous jallikattu, your country, your peope deserve NO h

  • Nicola Richardson

    Please uphold the protection of these beautiful creatures, I can not even imagine what they must be thinking when they were tortured alive by us disconnected humans. This is not what we are here to do – torture others – on this planet. Where we have the power, the influence, we must use it to protect those who need our protection from such unnecessary atrocities. Thank you, Nicola.

  • Orribile

  • Tina Morgan

    please stop this brutal practice in your country.

  • Tina Morgan

    Just like Nepal, when a disaster happens in your country , We wont be able to help , when remembering how cruel your nation has been to poor animals.

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  • Lynn

    stop hurting animals

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  • Isa

    shocking! This Must be stopped


    I have never seen so many idiots on one single forum. i’m pretty sure 95% of you have no idea what is a Jallikattu. If u think its cruelty? fine but first start going after people who eat animals rather than people who use these bulls for sports, but u cannot because politics. Lot of people in the world are in favor of eating meat so u pathetic idiots have to come after a small group of people in Tamil Nadu who use these trained bulls once a year.

  • Claudia Leo

    Wicked Evil Barbaric People ! ! !

  • Poor, poor animals.How much cruelty they suffer from these scum!

  • Heather

    Come on India, we need to educate about animal abuse to stop this.

  • Tanachay Pudate

    bad action

  • Jobin Joseph

    awesome PETA !!! we are with you !!!!!
    Banning this is an awesome news !!! lets love animals !!!

  • Anthony Roberts

    Kill people off not animals. People would pay to watch scum humans die off, don’t think they wouldn’t pay for this..we have created the mess and lets kill a few billion off.

  • Anthony Roberts

    Use people instead. we have created the mess..people would pay to watch criminals killed off like this and why not?? Raise money and great entertainment. save the animals..kill the people

  • Val

    Bulls should be protected. It’s so cruel to use them for so called Entertainment. I am appalled that this happens. Bulls have feelings too. Bullfighting or any cruelty to animals is horrendous.

  • Heidi

    What will you say when you meet GOD!!!!!

  • Heidi

    People, people, people you will all reap what you sow!!!

  • Amro

    Congrats for your efforts to ban jallikattu. . But is Peta doing something for banning of slaughtering the bulls? Only banning is not a solution, but how these bulls can be preserved so that the farmers are not impelled to sell their bulls to slaughtering house is also a concern. Has Peta taken any action on it.It does not matter that when Jallikattu was not banned then also bulls used to go to slaughterhouse. If you want to save bulls then also save them properly. If at the end they become someone’s meal then banning jallikattu has no meaning.

  • Deb Brownlee

    This must stop

  • Charles Bolton

    Please stop this using animals for entertainment

  • Dianne Heist

    l care!!!!!

  • Well Wisher

    Feb 16/2015

    In today’s I read this,

    With the promulgation of a total ban on jallikattu, the bull owners were forced to sell their animals to cattle agents who would ultimately sent them to slaughter houses in Kerala. Such activities would annihilate wonderful breeds of bulls in the long run.
    To prevent this, the Coimbatore-based goshala founder Sivakumar started buying bulls to protect them by providing shelter, he added. The members of the outfit appealed to the government to declare cow as national animal and impose a ban on slaughter of cows.

    In my opinion that, bull may get hurt during jallikattu,,but now situation is bulls are going to slaughter house. who ever was involved in banning the jallikattu are also responsible for slaughter.Let them Live long and maintain their publicity.

  • I salute before the Supreme Court of India for putting an end to the cruelty of Jallikattu and such like in India. So also, I would like to request the Supremt Court and other organisations which are interested in ending cruelty towards animals to take efforts to put an end to the cruelty against human beings from the cruelty of Noise pollution in the form of LOUDSPEAKER menace, during the fesstival periods and other social events. Though there are umpteen Supreme Court rulings against this practice of using loudspeakers the people of Indian never bother to respect the freedom of fellow citizens to live calmly. They simply revel in merry making and causing irreparable damage to the health of fellow beings by creating unbearable noice.Our police officers who are vested with powers to grant permission are more callous than the cullprits and in all occassions they help the culprits. So, I take this occassion to call upon the interested people and organisations to look in to the matter and put an end to this practice of ussing loudspeakers during festivities by moving the Suprreme court.

  • Yogesh Karthick

    PETA, hope you are aware of thousands of cows getting to Kerala from Tamil and slaughtered cruel. Judgement against Jallikattu has sent many of the indigenous variety of oxes to slaughter houses. Is this the judicial relief for them? If you are really to care for animals then take a mission on slaughter houses. PETA has made UN-justice to oxes.

    • PETA

      Cows were sent to slaughter when jallikattu was legal. Please watch our investigation of slaughterhouses in India:


    I would like to post my comment that under the perview of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 read with the Article 51A(g) &(h) of the Constitution of India, in Civil Appeal No.5387 of 2014 along with other Civil Appeal @ SLP(C) No.11686 of 2007 the Hon’ble Supreme Court held that the unnecessary Pain & Sufferings of the animals for human satisfaction & enjoyment should be banned for the best interest of the species subject to just exception out of human necessity. But the historic order interrupted some shows & performances generally held to consider the customs as well as some cultural heritages of the various community in the eve of some social or community occasions & functions which have been performing since time immemorial by the past generations in the society. For the best interest of the species & animals whether the mass people will negotiate such performance or not doubt the time will say..Hence, let us think and understand the rights of the species & animals to know better their pains & sufferings rather our …..demands…

  • Gandhi

    I come from rural Tamilnadu, we are farmers we know how to protect our cattles. Jallikattu is one kind ritual sport, it has several forms and names. Our intention is not torture animals, through out the year we work with our cattels, once in a year we celebarte with our cattles. If Peta things, jallikattu is violence, they have to stop killing goat, bull, chicken, horse…. for eating purpose, Peta could not fight for that, they have no strength, also animals should be live in their own space, should not keep in zoo, temples and home, peta should fight for sending the animals from the zoo, temples, mosque also at home.

    • PETA

      Jallikattu is cruel: Please visit too learn about our work for animals used to eat and for entertainment. Thanks!

  • Shenbagapandi

    I wish to register my comment to clearly make a statement that Bulls especially in our area its treated as God and its considered as a pride by having a bull in the house. In our family we have a Bull and its considered as cultural heritage and my great great grandfathers also had the bulls. If u want to know how it is treated just come down and see what happens really to bulls.It would be better if you peoples could change your mind and see it as cultural glories you people will understand what really it means. Moreover working as Sr.Executive – HR in a reputed organization the love, greed and thirst towards Jallikattu will never end till our life ends. Hopefully waiting that our Jallikattu will sure happen…ll said by S.R.Mani

    Ctct: 9940184237

    • PETA

      This is the reality of jallikattu: PETA has inspected jallikattu events over the years and those are the findings.


    do you think is it beautiful to see elephants standing in front of temple? and horses doing circus in horse races and especially in army and police battalion. you are not eligible to say it is right to ban jallikattu.


    i am totally disagree with the logic of ban on jallikattu. without knowing tamil culture, ban has been made. think about elephants standing in front hindu temples, and begging for food in market, and horses, in army and police departments, is there any type of benefit for the society or our nation, or it in any way flagging our culture. if jallikattu has been banned, why dasara, onam, even other festivals including meenakshi festival in madurai. do you think, in original type of jallikattu, bulls are abused or harrassed cruelly. no. if so, in kalithogai an ancient literature, aeru thaluvuthal why took place. there is a man for a bull. it is the game. instead so many people beating, and harassing a bull is not an original type of jallikattu. see bull fight in spain, there bulls are killed by players. its truely cruelty. jallikattu is not so. people pretending to secure the animals are not originally not so in real life. it is only for advertisement purpose. i can igive lots of example and reasons for not to ban jallikattu. but i have no time. this is the fact

    • PETA

      Jallikattu is a cruel form of ‘entertainment’. Please watch our undercover investigation: You may also visit to see our work to ban horse-drawn carriages and the rescue story of a temple elephant called Sunder. You can visit our international affiliate’s websites to see their work on stopping bullfights.

  • S.R.Mani

    Peta, Animal rights activists will not connect with the bulls the way Tamil’s do. U don’t understand the love between cattle & farming community. First, be etical, at the same time emotionally, try to connect & understand true animal welfare in approaching the issue in a broad minded way! & all the negatives can be rooted out, if approached in right attitude, without sending peoples animals love & mighty gods creations to slaughter houses.The Jallikattu is inseparable from the social, cultural and religious fabric of the people of Tamil Nadu. In animal husbandry, the trend is to send male calves to slaughter; only milch cattle are taken care of. The people who breed bulls for Jallikattu, used them for breeding, organic farming and saved native cattle breeds from existence. Jallikattu Bulls are considered Sacred! Joint families stay together to tend to their Jallikattu bulls, which require constant attention and care, are soon going to fall apart, Now with the ban looming large, there are fears that India’s exotic native cattle breeds will die out. Thanks to PETA, AWBI, and other ill informed geniuses. for sending India’s wealth, Jallikattu Bulls & traditions to slaughter houses. Hats off to u People, U all have wronged, Native cattle breeds & Jallikattu Bulls blood on all your hands. We Indians thought the world about universal love when other civilizations was in dark ages. Draught cattle are castrated and worked to death, but Jallikattu bulls are treated like gods — they are worshipped, never tortured. Pls stop mockery on Jallikattu, without knowing factual facts! Only on false ruse it is been banned. Shame on Us, for not understanding & slaughtering the India’s farming communities love for their animals. It’s time to repent! Pls everyone try to get to core facts of Jallikattu, then talk about Tamil’s valor & love for animals. Pls save India’s Native breeds, Associated traditional cultural values, undying love for animals before its too late.

  • Prasad

    No. Dont ban jallikattu. Do u know the consequences behind banning jallikattu? In tamilnadu the bulls are given good and healthy food to bulls only because of Jallikattu. The prices won during this jallikattu helps in maintanence of bulls. If this jallikattu is banned then think about the bulls. It will not be taken proper care. It will result in slaughtering for meat. The bulls participate in jallikattu is taken awesome care. Since last year the bulls were not treated cruely. Seriously. You know the bulls participate in jallikattu is been brought in Air conditioned vehicle. The lot has been changed. Now the bulls are not treated bad. If they ban jallikattu seriously the owners will have no money to take care of bulls and as a result it will end in disaster. There are thousands and thousands of bulls which participate in different region. Supreme court should consider this also. Please no negative comments for my reply. Just talking only in favor of bulls.

    • PETA

      Hi Prasad, jallikattu is a cruel “tradition” and has been banned by the Supreme Court of India:

  • Nice job Awb and PETA…..But we should also think about other pets… bull.

  • Jey

    Dear Peta , Thanks for the reply. watch this , Jallikattu is much better than this..

  • Aayushi Raghuvanshi

    I’ve even heard that the bulls are starved for days, beaten, and chilli powder is rubbed on their eyes. It was really really heartbreaking to know that.
    Im very very happy and thankyou Peta. Well done.

  • Ankur Sharma

    Well done PETA and AWBI! Please also work for those poor GOATS who get killed just for a religional faith; in BAKRA-EID.

    • PETA

      Hi Ankur, please read this article to learn what we’ve done in this regard:


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