Cruelty To Animals In Dindigul And Madurai Districts On Thursday Brings Firs Filed During Jallikattu To 24

For Immediate Release:
17 January 2014

Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]
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More Than 100 People Hurt During Most Recent Events

Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Eight First Information Reports (FIR) were filed with the police after jallikattu events were held on Thursday, bringing the total number of FIRs filed for cruelty to animals at jallikattu events this year to 24. More than 100 people are reported to have been injured during jallikattu events held on Thursday, including 51 in Alanganallur, 31 in Nathamadepatti and Periya Kalayamputhur in Dindigul district and 40 in Siravayal.

The latest cruelty-to-animals FIRs were filed by inspectors, authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India, for alleged violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, in Alanganallur and Neikkarapatti. Among the observed abuse, bulls were blindfolded in order to disorient them, they were forced to drink suspicious liquid (likely alcohol), their tails were twisted, they were beaten, weapons were used on them and their nose ropes were yanked. Earlier this week, 16 FIRs were filed for cruelty to animals in Palamedu and Avaniapuram.

You can download high-resolution photos showing the cruelty at the events here:
Other photos and video clips of the cruelty are available from PETA upon request.

“Jallikattu is nothing but cruelty to animals and a danger to humans”, says PETA Campaign Adviser Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, a Tamilian. “It’s high time to relegate this cruel, bloody spectacle to the history books.”

Although the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a notification that banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu – jallikattu events are still held throughout the state. Jallikattu supporters claim that the events are being held under High Court and Supreme Court guidelines. However, PETA contends that the guidelines are meaningless because they do not prevent the cruelty to animals inherent in jallikattu or stop participants and spectators from getting hurt. During jallikattu, terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented – actions that violate the PCA act.
PETA continues to seek a complete ban on jallikattu.

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