Tamilians Wearing Horns to Protest Jallikattu with PETA’s ‘Bull’ Mascot

For Immediate Release:
11 January 2013

Benazir Suraiya +91 900 454 7382; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9167134682; [email protected]

Animal Torture, Deaths of Spectators Make Price of Sadistic ‘Taming Game’ Too High for Spectacle Held in Defiance of Central Government Ban

Chennai, Tamil Nadu – Wearing bull horns, holding signs that read, “Tamil Nadu Against Jallikattu”, and accompanied by an activist wearing a bull costume, numerous members and supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will gather at Elliots Beach on Saturday. Their point? That although the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a notification which banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning Jallikattu – the Tamil Nadu government is supporting and permitting Jallikattu to be held throughout the state. During Jallikattu, terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented – acts that also violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960:

When: 12 January
Time: 12 Noon sharp
Where: Elliots beach, Besant Nagar (Near Elliots beach police booth), Chennai

“The carnage and animal abuse inherent in Jallikattu is a black mark on Tamil Nadu and has no place in modern society”, says PETA member and Tamilian Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Our state is disgracing itself by allowing a sadistic and dangerous spectacle that is clearly in violation of the law.”

Jallikattu is also dangerous – often deadly – for participants and spectators. Consider the human toll in injuries and deaths from Jallikattu events in 2012 alone:

15 January, Palamedu, Madurai district: Twenty injured, three seriously.
• 18 January, various locations across Tamil Nadu during Pongal festival: At least three dead, 33 injured.
29 January, Karungulam, Tiruchirapalli district: Forty-six injured.
19 February, Thavasimadai, Dindigul district: Thirty-seven injured, four of whom were hospitalised.
4 March, Madurai district: More than 90 injured.
28 April, Sivaganga district: One dead, 30 injured.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.