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Supreme Court Bans Jallikattu, Bull Races and Bullfights

Written by PETA

Posted 05-07-2014, 04:07 PM | 375 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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  • 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:

  • Jey

    Very Foolish Decision. Humans are tortured and killed in the names of their community in north India. Cows were slaughtered all over India being worshiped by us. Supreme court could’t able to do other than commenting. This is an ‘BULL SHIT’ of all. Jallikattu being a traditional event for the people more than 5000 years. if the same jallikattu been held some at U.P or other part of india, Will it be banned or Govt have guts to ban this Events ??

  • Ganesh Gounder

    We totally agree to stop bull race and Jallikattu but please make sure that no should not kill the cows and ox.I absorved during this bakreed festival most of our native breeds are taken for meat, now we can count the kankayam breeds toteally destroyed. if this races are not happeening we loose our native breeds, please we not abuse the animals we are treating native breed oxes and cows as GOD , please come on………..with good result

  • David Rajan

    Dear PETA and friends,

    I appreciate your concern for bulls. Now the jallikattu is banned, you will see bulls in ten years time only in zoos and a lucky few in milk farms. Thank you.
    With the same zeal what you have shown on jallikattu, please shout for thousands of river dolphins and crocodiles and million of fishes and river species that die in Ganges due to pollution that is happening in the name of holy dips and washing of sins on kumbamelas.

  • John Victor Prakash

    Friends please don’t misunderstand me. I’m a person from Tamil Nadu. we don’t abuse our Jalli kattu bulls and torcher them they are like god to us as we are from the farming background. We do not torcher, harm and attack our jalli kattu bulls like the SPANISH people do, Jalli kattu is a traditional sports it’s other name is maadu thaluvu which means bull hugging. As bulls help the farmers they use to worship it and give rewards to it on Mattu Pongal [ cow pongal ] . If anybody feels that we harm bulls during jalli kattu please visit alanganallur on cow pongal and see how those bulls are treated. This is our traditional and cultural game. We do not eat jalli kattu kalai { jalli kattu bull } cuz it’s a god. everybody worship cow in Tamil Nadu who’s from farming background despite of religion and cast. I’m a christian I love bulls and we worship them on Mattu Pongal as they help us through out the years in our field. So our ancestors created this game to create a bond between us and the bulls and to love jalli kattu kalai. We don’t harm animals PETA or any other government or non government or the people who are commenting here against Jalli kattu can come to my village on January and visit the jalli kattu then comment that what we do with the bulls is torturing or loving…No body has rights to stop a cultural events happening for 1000’s of years of a community. We Tamils are not brutal people we are the first human race to be cultured and humanitarians . Can we give a case to stop Kusthi { INDIAN style free wrestling } as it is harming humans and they get deaf and their ears get damaged of course not it is a traditional game so first understand a culture and then talk about it….I’m sorry if I hurted anybody. last question please those who have not seen Jalli Kattu and don’t know anything about it don’t comment unnecessary things about it here unless getting knowing the things about it. I’m sorry friends I love animals too not only bulls but also goats , hens, Roosters and dogs cuz I’m from a agricultural back ground. Farmers know more about the animals than PETA I can idebntify with a sound what a animal is in need….

  • John Victor Prakash

    dia friends I’m totally against animals abuses. those who abuse and torcher animals for their welfare must be strictly punished. But in Jallikattu it doesn’t happen cuz when compared to Spain they throw spear on bulls and hurt them. But in Tamil Nadu they don’t do that cuz they feel that bulls is their friend who help them in ploughing their land so they celebrate this functions named Mattu pongal [ cow pongal ] where they use to hug the bulls and he should not leave the cow until it rolls three times or it goes upto 100 meter. yes once there was some brutal things were done with the bulls but now government has taken strict action as kangayam bull is a endangered species. So I don’t thing government should ban jalli kattu cuz it’s our cultural game where we have a relationship between our bull and a farmer. but government should take more strict action and appoint more people to monitor that no injury or hrm is done with the bulls… so please don’t ban jalli kattu it’s our culture.

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  • Dusty Washburn

    You can help pass the draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011.

  • Lin Woods

    PLEASE MoEF, the act of torturing and abusing a living animal is archaic. While it never should have been happening, it is certainly not NECCESSARY in order for a human being to live, and definitely not NECCESSARY for an animal to live. It is merely a mindset that once was, but does not serve any purpose in this day. Please do not allow this to continue, anywhere in India.
    ~Lin Woods~

  • Maria Teresa Schollhorn

    Please, ban jalikattu, bullraces and bullfights!

  • Salwah

    everything has feeling. we are all the same so lets stop the cruelty and be human (be love)

  • Risvaana M

    Jalikattu is one of the most stupid and cruel sport on planet! This cruelty should be stopped right away! And someone has commented here worrying that these bulls going to end up in slaughter house if this idiotic sport is banned! so, you are trying to say torturing the poor creature for human fun is good?! and shall be allowed!?

  • Apeksha

    If you are human act humanly and stop jallikattu

  • Apeksha

    If you are human.. prove it and work according to humanity

  • Mirela

    any petition?

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts about animals used for entertainment.


  • SR Mani. C

    Its very sad to see how ill-informed you people are! Dont u get it..? Jallikattu saved native breeds & now u people help slaughter them. Jallikattu Bulls are not castrated, other drought animals used for transportation, farming activities are castrated , in old age they are sold for meat. Only Jallikattu Bulls saved the native cattle breeds from exitinction. Jallikattu saves the bulls from the slaughterhouses! The bulls participating in Jallikattu are uncastrated native breed stud bulls, when Jallikattu Bulls passes away, they are buried & worshiped by Tamils. Jallikattu Bulls are worshiped icons in these regions. Now, because of you people supported banning of Jallikattu. Mighty Bulls are being slaughtered & they are going to be looked just as meat in someones plate! Thanks to you all, sending these Gods creations for abuse & slaughter from plucking the age old Tradition Jallikattu from farmers. Understand one thing, Peta nor animal rights activists cannot connect with cattle as farmers do., they share a unique bond & love with there bulls. Use logic, ask yourselves.. How can a community worshiping Jallikattu Bulls, can abuse them ? shame on you all, in a false pretext.. you helped sending these bulls to turned into meat!

  • Geri Hunter

    No animal should be used and abused for the enjoyment of humans. That is not why they were put on this earth for. Please stop this terrible cruelty.

  • Tanja Lepikkö

    Stop this Cruelty right now!!!!!

  • Simone Duffin

    Bulls are sadly one of the most abused animals on this earth, the actrocities committed against them is disgusting and this is just another one. We are just to be living in a civilised world, this is barbaric, cruel and should be banned.

  • Des

    This is an absolutely a disgusting, sickening, event. NO ONE who participates or supports it has no right to consider themselves as a member of the human race!!!
    Why, oh why, is this practice still allowed in the 21st century?

  • Nur Alp

    STOP STOP STOP RESPECT ALL LİFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gabriele Perera

    Please stop this cruelty, please !!!

  • I am against animal cruelty, cruelty to animals is a crime.

  • Katoto A Gin

    this is abuse and therefor must end! no doubt other ‘entertainment’ can be found without involving innocent animals! this would be so much more indian style as we perceive it

  • Deepali Chanan

    I support the ban on such things. These practices are cruel and are inhuman. We being human must understand the pain an animal feels duringsuch useless aactivities. This is animal right to live peacefully. People those enjoy such cruel acts are mean and are sick. Mahatama gandhi’s quote suggets that a nation’s progress can only be estimated by the way it treats its animals. People should have a heart. These animals are also children of other animals.. like all humans want to protect their children same way animals also want to protect them but they are helpless in front of humans. Please live and help live. Ban such activities.



  • Chakravarthy

    Banning this is a big welcome. But turning these bulls to slaughterhouses is totally unacceptable. Bulls are meant to be used in agriculture and in animal husbandry. By banning this also, you are killing a beautiful animal in a more quick way. PETA wake up and realize your mistake. Save these animals from slaughterhouse.

  • NB

    It’s brutal and must be banned.

  • NB

    It’s brutal and must be stopped.

  • Yash B Pandya

    Cant believe that it was happening in India!!!

  • Abhishek Kolpek

    Bann Jallikattu…Its cruel tradition, Supreme court thank you for banning.

  • Lisa Margetts

    Please stop being so cruel. No animal should suffer this way.

  • Lisa Margetts

    Religion would NOT agree with harming animals or people. Please if you need meat, take their life in a less harmful way, no torture. This is barbaric and horrific!

  • Donna Holt

    Please stop this. Its crue

  • Helen Conway

    If you don’t want to be seen as a barbaric nation, stop acting like one.

  • Angela Ali

    More barbaric treatment of animals – TOTALLY NOT ACCEPTABLE

  • Petra Bentele

    Stop these cruel events!!!

  • Monika

    Please stop the use of bulls in these cruel events


    this is brutal

  • Carolyn Bridgewater

    The real animals are the people

  • Shiv

    Ban cruelty to animals all over d world or animals must be prayed like GOD

  • Keval

    Stop this cruelty.
    On the name of religion you’re torturing other innocent living.

  • Shiv

    want to join peta india and want to live my current job

  • Shiv

    Ban in all World,
    plz take care of animals, d are God for me

  • Shreya


  • Disha



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