Cruel Bullfights Cancelled

Local Police Swiftly Stop Sadistic Spectacle After Animal Rahat Complaint


For Immediate Release:

3 February 2012


Manilal Valliyate +91 7738387108 (cell); [email protected]

Sachin Bangera (022) 4072 7382; [email protected]


Pandharpur, Maharashtra – After learning that illegal bullfights were scheduled to take place in Pandharpur, Animal Rahat – an organisation supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) dedicated to helping working animals – asked local police to stop bulls from being severely injured or dying in these staged events. The local police stepped into action by conducting a meeting with the village Sarpanch and the event organiser to enforce the ban on the cruel event. Bullfights and the use of bulls in other performances are banned under an 11 July 2011 notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in The Gazette of India. Two scheduled fights – one at Patwardhan Kuroli and another at Gadegaon village – were cancelled.  

Eight bulls are typically used in these bullfighting events – in each round, two bulls are brought together and surrounded by a ring of spectators. The bulls’ horns are sharpened to ensure that every charge will cause bloody gashes and deep puncture wounds in the other animal’s flesh. The round ends when one of the bulls is either killed or manages to flee. The survivors of each round fight each other while spectators bet on the outcome. The “winner” is the last bull left alive – but by then, the bull’s injuries are often so severe that he is typically sent to slaughter.  

“Provoking bulls to slash and gouge each other to death should be condemned by everyone in a civilised society”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Bulls already have a hard life. We applaud Animal Rahat and the police for putting a stop to these cruel spectacles, and we urge police from other areas to take action to stop these fights everywhere.”

 Animal Rahat was alerted to the fights by concerned local citizens of Pandharpur. People are encouraged to contact Animal Rahat immediately if they learn of such an event in their area.

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