Coalition of Animal Rights Groups Calls On Ministry to Uphold Ban on Jallikattu, Bull Races and Bullfights

For Immediate Release:
14 January 2015

Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9910817382; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561; [email protected]

PETA India and FIAPO Rally Together in Support of Ministry’s Ban on the Use of Bulls in Performances and the Supreme Court’s Judgement That Using Bulls in Cruel Events Is Illegal

New Delhi – This week, a coalition of animal rights organisations represented by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), an umbrella body that has more than 60 members (including six from Tamil Nadu) and more than 200 supportive animal-protection organisations across India, sent a delegation to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to show its support for India’s ban on using bulls in jallikattu, bull races, bullfights and other performances. Although jallikattu, bull races and bullfights already violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (since animals are caused unnecessary suffering), a 2011 notification via the The Gazette of India banning the use of bulls as performing animals and a 7 May 2014 Supreme Court of India judgement, would-be jallikattu organisers have been demanding to hold the events, in which terrified bulls are deliberately disoriented, have their tails twisted and bitten and are stabbed, punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground.

“India has always been looked up to for its cultural reverence for animals. Allowing cruel jallikattu events to go forward would put a black mark on India’s reputation in the eyes of the world and roll back the important strides that India has made in animal protection in recent years”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “People around the world rejoiced when the Supreme Court made clear that jallikattu and other cruelty to bulls would not be tolerated in India. PETA is calling on the ministry to uphold India’s laws and protect bulls from violence and death in the name of an archaic form of so-called ‘entertainment.'”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – has documented cruelty to bulls whenever they are used in jallikattu, races and fights. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks. In bullfights, a round ends when one of the bulls either is killed or manages to flee. Last year, in addition to specifying that jallikattu, bullfights and bull races are illegal, the Supreme Court struck down the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permitted jallikattu.

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