PETA Pressure Prompts Cancellation of Cruel Bull Races

For Immediate Release:
2 September 2010

Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561; [email protected]
Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected] 

Quick Response From Satara Police Stops Abusive, Illegal Spectacles

Satara, Maharashtra – When Animal Rahat – a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)–supported organisation dedicated to helping working animals – learned that bull races were scheduled to take place in late August and early September in Aundh, Baghwadi, Kolewadi, Anjanapura, Bidal, Dhokalwadi and Padegaon in Satara district, PETA sent an urgent letter to Satara Superintendent of Police KMM Prasanna asking him to step in and stop the cruel – and illegal – events. PETA pointed out that during bull races, the animals are commonly beaten with sticks, which often have nails protruding from them, and that the races are illegal. The local police did their job admirably, stopping the August races and issuing a notice under IPC 149 to the race event organisers stating that the September races must not go on.

An 11 July notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in The Gazette of India states that bulls can no longer be used as “performing” animals. This means that cruel bull races are now banned everywhere in India. The notification reads, in part, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 … the Central Government, hereby specifies that [bulls] shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals, with effect from the date of this notification …”. Bull races also violate 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.

“There is absolutely no room in today’s society for races that involve tormenting already overworked bulls by pushing them to race and hitting them with sticks studded with nails”, says PETA Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Bulls already have a hard life. We commend Superintendent KMM Prasanna and the Satara police for respecting the law and common decency over the cruelty and greed that drive these spectacles.”

PETA’s letter to Satara Superintendent of Police KMM Prasanna is available upon request.

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