PETA India Calls on Supreme Court to End Jallikattu

Group Files Petition Against Tamil Nadu State Law Permitting Cruel Torment of Bulls

For Immediate Release:
07 April 2011

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Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
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Chennai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a petition with the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No.27 of 2009, a state law that permits jallikattu. Because jallikattu violates the spirit of the national Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and causes numerous human injuries and deaths every year, PETA is calling for a ban on the cruel “sport”. PETA representatives discussed the issue today at a news conference.

“Terrifying and injuring bulls in this shameful travesty of a ‘sport’ is animal abuse – and it puts a bloody stain on Tamil Nadu’s reputation”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “Piecemeal regulations do not prevent jallikattu from harming animals or people, therefore the Supreme Court must ban these disgusting events.”

Despite claims that the 2009 regulations would reduce cruelty to animals – and even though the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 prohibits beating, kicking, torturing or otherwise inflicting pain and suffering on an animal – PETA’s investigation into five jallikattu events of different villages in January 2011 revealed that abuse is still taking place. Terrified bulls are painfully dragged by nose ropes, surrounded by mobs of taunting men who send the animals into a frenzy, goaded by sticks, pushed and wrestled to the ground and pulled in different directions by ropes. At jallikattu events this year, hundreds of participants have been injured and many have been killed.

Video footage of jallikattu events as well as a copy of PETA’s petition are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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