Delhi Citizens Wear Bull Masks to Urge Centre Not to Weaken Laws and to Keep Animals Protected

For Immediate Release:
19 February 2015

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

Animal Torture, Deaths of Spectators Make Price of Sadistic ‘Taming Game’ Too High for Central Government to Weaken Law

New Delhi – Caring citizens will gather outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change to express their shock over news reports stating that the central government plans to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 so to permit jallikattu, bull races and other cruel uses of bulls. Wearing bull masks and holding placards, they will be urging the central government not to weaken laws and to keep bulls protected. Video footage and photographs of jallikattu and bull-race cruelty are available from PETA upon request.

When:   20 February 2015, 12 pm sharp

Where: Outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change building, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi 110003

“Lifting the protection against cruelty that’s currently afforded to bulls would be a black mark on our nation, which has always been looked up to by people around the world for our cultural reverence for animals”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Towns in Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Portugal and Colombia have declared themselves to be against bullfighting, and Catalonia, a region in Spain, has banned bullfighting, too. How can India consider overturning our own ban on the use of bulls for fights and other performances when sensibilities around the world are changing in favour of animal protection?”

Video from jallikattu events show that terrified bulls are deliberately disoriented, chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and stabbed, and people even twist and bite their tails to agitate them. Numerous people, including spectators, have lost their lives or been seriously injured at jallikattu events by bulls who are intentionally frightened as part of the “game”. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, a round ends when one of the bulls either is killed or manages to flee.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – has long campaigned against the use of bulls in performances. Last year, the Supreme Court passed a judgment in favour of PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India confirming a ban on jallikattu, bullfights and bull races.

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