Numerous Arrests For Cruelty To Animals At Palamedu Jallikattu; More Than 40 People Injured
For Immediate Release:
16 January 2014
The Day After 35 People Were Hurt and Eight FIRs Were Filed in Avaniapuram, Jallikattu Brings Shame on Tamil Nadu Once Again, Says PETA
Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Only a day after eight cruelty-to-animals First Information Reports (FIR) were filed with the Avaniapuram police during a jallikattu event there, eight more cruelty-to-animals FIRs were filed and arrests were made during Wednesday’s Palamedu jallikattu event—the same event at which a bull sustained a crippling fracture last year. The FIRs were lodged by an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer – authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India – for alleged violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. A news report claimed that at least 42 people were hurt during the jallikattu event in Palamedu. In Avaniapuram the day before, 35 people, including 15 spectators, were reportedly injured. The animal welfare officer in Avaniapuram observed that one police sub-inspector and three police constables had been wounded. Meanwhile, a police officer was filmed on Wednesday jabbing a bull in the vadi vasal with a stick at the jallikattu event in Periya Suriyur, Trichy in violation of the PCA Act. There 47 people were injured, 9 of them seriously.
In Palamedu, the FIRs were filed for blindfolding bulls in order to disorient them, using lame bulls, using a bull showing signs of foot-and-mouth disease, causing injury and bleeding to bulls’ nostrils and twisting their tails. It was also observed that numerous bulls jumped out of the collection area, a suspicious liquid (likely liquor) was forced down the throat of a bull, sharp objects were used to jab bulls in the vadi vasal and downed bulls’ tails were twisted and bitten.
In Periya Suriyur, an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer also documented that the crowd broke the barricades in the collection area; that police charged the crowd with lathis several times as spectators came into the collection area; that spectators used the wooden logs and ropes of the broken barricades as tools to catch bulls, although they were not official “bull tamers”; that bulls’ tails were bitten and yanked; that the animals were poked with iron rods, metal spears and thick, pointed wooden sticks; that bulls with bleeding horns and nostrils were forced to participate; and that spectators and police were injured because of an inadequate collection area. In some cases, people hit bulls in the vadi vasal with four sticks simultaneously.
You can download high-resolution photos of the cruelty at the events here: http://www.petaindia.com/jallikattu2014/Jallikattu-2014-day-two-Palamedu.zip .
You can download the high-resolution photos of the cruelty at the events at Avaniapuram and Periya Sooriyur here: http://www.petaindia.com/jallikattu2014/jallikattu-2014-day-one-avaniapuram.zip
Other photos and video clips of the cruelty are available from PETA upon request.
“Jallikattu is a black mark on India’s reputation in the eyes of the world”, says PETA Campaign Adviser Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, a Tamilian. “Jallikattu is threatening India’s image as a compassionate country where animals are revered, an image that has long attracted visitors to our nation. Now instead of ‘Incredible India’, people will say there is nothing but incredible cruelty.”
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. In addition, the basic guidelines – which state that efforts should be made to ensure that the bulls are not tortured in any way, that there must be an effective collection yard that prevents the animals from straying outside it and that the bulls must be given sufficient fodder – were disregarded at these events. 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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