PETA Releases Damning Report, Video Documenting Severe Cruelty At Bull Races
For Immediate Release:
9 May 2013
Group Holds News Conference, Sets Sights on Getting Supreme Court’s All-Out Ban on ‘Spectacles of Torture’ Reinstated
Pune, Maharashtra – Following investigations of two recent bull-cart races in Maharashtra – one in Pusegaon and the other in Phadtarwadi – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has released a detailed 23-page report as well as video footage documenting the systemic abuse of bullocks in an apparent direct violation of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and orders issued by the Supreme Court. PETA’s investigators observed that bulls were deprived of food, water and shade; were forcefully yanked by nose ropes, causing their noses to bleed; and were physically abused in order to force them to run – even when exhausted – by having their tails bitten and twisted, being struck and having irritants rubbed into their mouths.
Furthermore, the two races were held in apparent violation of the Supreme Court orders, which state, “Any organization seeking to conduct bullock cart races would have to inform the District administration/District Collector and the concerned police station in writing at least ten days prior to holding of such race, which in turn would immediately intimate the same to the said Committee.” Both of the races were held fewer than 10 days after the Supreme Court issued its order.
“Tormenting and terrifying bulls into running is inherently cruel”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA will use our report in an affidavit to urge the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban on bull racing in Maharashtra.”
In July 2011, the Ministry of Environment and Forests banned the use of bulls as performing animals. The Supreme Court lifted the ban subject to certain conditions, including that “the District administration shall take all precautions to ensure that the animals are not tortured or subjected to cruel treatment”. Another condition states that each bullock cart must have its own track in order to prevent collisions and bulls from running amok. It seems that neither of these orders was followed. Furthermore, another condition states, “In the even[t] of any bull is subjected to cruelty by any person or persons during the bullock cart races, penal action would be initiated against him/them under the Prevention of Animal Cruelties Act, 1960”. PETA observed that almost all the cart drivers beat the bulls during the race and that the majority mercilessly yanked and fiercely bit their tails.
PETA’s report and video footage are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.