Giant Running Inflatable Bulls and PETA Supporters to Urge Government to Keep Cruel Jallikattu Banned

For Immediate Release:
25 October 2016

Nikunj Sharma +91 9910397382; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Animal Torture, Spectator Deaths Make Price of Sadistic ‘Taming Game’ Too High for Central Government to Lift the Ban

New Delhi – Two giant inflatable bulls will run beside PETA supporters in a bloodless “jallikattu” to protest the government’s reported intention to lift the ban on real, cruel, and often bloody jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights. The action follows news reports that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) plans to amend The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, to allow these cruel spectacles – even though the Supreme Court banned them in 2014 for violating this act.

When:             Wednesday, 26 October, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Jantar Mantar (Dharna Road), New Delhi

The court’s 2014 ruling stated that cruelty is inherent in these events, as bulls are not anatomically suited for such activities and making them participate subjects them to unnecessary pain and suffering. However, on 7 January 2016, the MoEFCC attempted to overturn the ban through a Gazette notification. The notification was later challenged by PETA India and other animal-protection groups, and it was stayed by the court, meaning jallikattu and similar events cannot currently be held. The final hearing of the case is expected to take place on 9 November.

PETA India has documented in Animal Welfare Board of India–authorised inspections that during jallikattu events, terrified bulls are often deliberately given substances like alcohol in order to disorient them and that their tails twisted and bitten. They’re also stabbed and jabbed with sickles, spears, knives, or sticks and are punched, jumped on, and dragged to the ground. Three bulls even died during jallikattu events in 2014. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, they are stabbed and a fight ends only when one bull is killed or manages to flee.

“India must not turn back the clock and allow bulls to be tormented and killed”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “The world is watching and hoping that the government of India will do the right thing by keeping these dangerous and cruel spectacles illegal.”

When jallikattu was permitted in the past, hundreds of human participants were injured each year and many were killed. Between 2010 and 2014, approximately 1,100 injuries to humans were reported by the media as a result of cruel and dangerous jallikattu-type events and 17 people died – including a child. Since these figures were taken only from media reports currently available online, the actual figure is likely higher.

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.

PETA India’s documentation of cruelty during jallikattu events is available upon request.

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