Tamilians In Bull Masks To Protest State Decision To Allow Illegal Jallikattu

State Government Grants Madurai Permission to Torment Bulls After Ministry of Environment and Forests Issues Notification Banning Such Events

For Immediate Release:

6 January 2012


Benazir Suraiya + 91 9004547382; [email protected]

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9930681880; [email protected]

Chennai – Holding signs that read, “Tamil Nadu Against Jallikattu”, and wearing bull masks, dozens of Tamil Nadu residents in support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will protest against the illegal, cruel and dangerous “sport” of jallikattu outside Memorial Hall in Park Town on Saturday. Their point? That although the Ministry of Environment and Forests recently issued a notification which banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu – the state government has permitted jallikattu to be held in Madurai. During jallikattu, terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented. Jallikattu is also dangerous – sometimes even deadly – for human participants.

When: Saturday, 7 January, 12 noon sharp

Where: Elliots beach, Besant Nagar (Near Elliots beach police booth), Chennai

“In clinging to the barbaric practice of jallikattu, our Tamil Nadu state is shamefully ignoring India’s animal-protection laws and the safety of its own residents”, says PETA India volunteer and Tamilian Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “Deliberately terrifying animals is cowardly and has no place in the civilised world.”

PETA’s investigation into five jallikattu events in 2011 revealed routine and systematic abuse. 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.
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.