‘Bull’ In Wheelchair, ‘Injured’ And ‘Bedridden’ PETA Members Urge Centre To Enforce Jallikattu Ban

Jallikattu Is Harmful to Humans and Animals, Says Group
 
For Immediate Release:

5 January 2012

Contact:

Benazir Suraiya + 91 9004547382; [email protected] 

Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]

New Delhi – Covered in bandages while lying in hospital beds under a banner that reads, “Jallikattu: Harmful to Humans and Animals” and holding placards that read, “MoEF: Enforce the Jallikattu Ban”, two “injured” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will protest against the illegal, cruel and often deadly spectacle of jallikattu in New Delhi on Friday. A third PETA member in a bull costume, also wrapped in bandages, will sit in a wheelchair between them. In 2011, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a notification which banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu. The protest is being held as the Centre is expected to respond to the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court regarding a petition by organisers of jallikattu challenging the ban. Recently, the Tamil Nadu government permitted jallikattu to be held in Madurai, despite the ban.

When:               Friday, 6 January, 12 noon sharp

Where:              Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001

“Jallikattu is banned under a notification in The Gazette of India, and jallikattu events are also illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which clearly prohibits causing suffering to any animal”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Until India’s laws are enforced, bulls will continue to be tormented, and people will continue to be injured and killed at jallikattu events.”

PETA’s investigation into five jallikattu events in 2011 revealed that abuse is inherent in the “sport”. Terrified bulls are painfully dragged by nose ropes, surrounded by mobs of taunting people who send the animals into a frenzy, goaded with sticks and pushed and wrestled to the ground. At jallikattu events in 2011, hundreds of human participants were injured, and some were killed. In one four-day period in January 2011, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events, 154 of whom were spectators. Two people died.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.