‘Bull’ In Wheelchair and ‘Injured’ PETA Members Urge Centre to Stop Jallikattu

For Immediate Release:
4 January 2013

Benazir Suraiya + 91 9004547382; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9167134682; [email protected]

Jallikattu Is Harmful to Humans and Animals, Says Group

New Delhi – Covered in bandages, on crutches and holding signs that read, “Jallikattu: Harmful to Humans and Animals” , 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 Monday. 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 but the Tamil Nadu government is supporting jallikattu events. PETA is now fighting the matter in the Supreme Court and the next hearing is expected to be on 9 January.

When: Monday, 7 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the main gate of ‘Tamil Nadu house’, No 6. Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021

“Using bulls in performances 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.”

Investigations by PETA and the Animal Welfare Board of India into jallikattu events in 2011 and 2012 reveal 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.