PETA Calls On Bijnor Police Superintendent to Stop Cruel and Illegal Bull Race

For Immediate Release:
11 June 2010

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Sachin Bangera +91 98201 22561; [email protected]

This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent an urgent letter to Bijnor Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar asking him to stop a bull race that is scheduled to take place on 13 June in Gram Ratanpur Khurd, Thana Himpur Dipa, District Bijnor. Bijnor police had earlier stopped such a race after being contacted by PETA. In the letter, PETA points out that during such races, the animals are commonly beaten with sticks, which often have nails protruding from them. Bull races cause animals pain and suffering and are thus a violation of the Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which expressly prohibits the beating of animals.

“There are laws that protect animals from suffering, and when one of these laws is flagrantly violated, the police must take action”, says PETA’s Manager for Special Projects, Dharmesh Solanki. “Beating and bloodying bulls in order to force them to run is nothing but animal abuse, and we cannot allow anyone to pass it off as ‘entertainment’.”

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PETA’s letter to Bijnor Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar follows.

11 June 2010

Mr Raj Kumar
Superintendent of Police
Bijnor
Uttar Pradesh

Dear Sir:

I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, an affiliate of the largest animal rights organisation in the world, which has more than 2 million members and supporters.

Our office has received a complaint about a bullock race that is going be held on 13 June 2010 at Gram Ratanpur Khurd, Thana Himpur Dipa, District Bijnor.

During such races, the bulls are often beaten mercilessly with wooden sticks spiked with nails in order to get them to run faster in the sweltering heat. The bulls’ tails are painfully twisted, and they are left covered in blood.

Bull races cause pain and suffering and are in violation of Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which declares that any person who beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives or tortures animals or subjects them to unnecessary pain or suffering shall be charged with cruelty.

Hence, we respectfully request that you kindly prevent this illegal race from being held in order to prevent cruelty to animals and to ensure that the law is not violated. As you know, the Bijnor police have taken the compassionate and ethical decision to stop such a race in the past.

I can be reached on (0) 98212 15661 or at [email protected]. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.
Sincerely,

Dharmesh Solanki
Manager, Special Projects

cc: Chairperson, Animal Welfare Board of India, with a request to take    immediate action to prevent this illegal bullock race from occurring

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