PETA Supporters Dressed As Indian Flag And Bull Protest Cruel Jallikatu
As Republic Day Approaches, PETA Says Terrifying ‘Game’ Is Unconstitutional
For Immediate Release:
23 January 2012
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
Kriti Sachdeva + 91 9868845568; [email protected]
New Delhi – Two days before Republic Day, a PETA member dressed in a white kurta emblazoned with the Ashoka Chakra and women dressed in green and saffron saris will form a tableau to protest abusive jallikattu events. The “bull” with them will hold up an Indian flag, and signs targeting the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) will read, “MOEF: Remember Article 51A(g): Enforce the Jallikattu Ban”.
When: Tuesday, 24 January, 12 Noon – 1 pm
Where: Samta Sthal, Opposite Rajghat (Main entrance), Near Ambedkar
Nagar Terminal, New Delhi
“The cruelty to animals that takes place during jallikattu events violates Indian law and goes against the mandate of the Indian Constitution for all Indian citizens to show compassion for animals”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “We’re calling on the Ministry of Environment and Forests to use its power to end jallikattu for good.”
Despite a recent ban on the use of bulls as performing animals, which by definition bans jallikattu, announced in a Ministry of Environment and Forests notification in The Gazette of India, the Madurai High Court has permitted these cruel events to continue in Tamil Nadu. During jallikattu, terrified bulls try to flee but are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented. Jallikattu is also dangerous – and even deadly – for human participants. PETA’s investigation into five jallikattu events in 2011 revealed routine and systematic abuse of bulls. Also, in that year alone, hundreds of human participants were injured, and many were killed. In a four-day period in January 2011, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events, 154 of whom were spectators. Two people died.
Article 51A(g) in the Indian Constitution clearly states that it is all Indians’ duty to “protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures”. The treatment of bulls during jallikattu is also in clear violation of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which bans the beating, kicking and torturing of animals.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.