‘Thiruvalluvar’ And ‘Bull’ To Protest Jallikattu

For Immediate Release:
17 February 2014

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
Niranjan Shanmuganathan +91 8754407382; [email protected]

Tormenting Animals and Risking Human Safety Contradict Revered Philosopher’s Teachings of Mercy, Says PETA

Chennai – To protest jallikattu, two People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supporters, one dressed as Thiruvalluvar and the other as a bull, will hold a banner bearing one of the renowned poet and philosopher’s quotations: “His soul is free from dread of sins; Whose mercy serveth all beings”. It ends with the reminder that “jallikattu harms people and bulls”. The demonstration will be held at the guru’s statue in Chennai on Tuesday. Other PETA supporters will hold signs that read, “Have Mercy – Say No to Jallikattu Cruelty”. PETA believes that were he alive today, Thiruvalluvar would oppose jallikattu and that it should be banned.

When: Tuesday, 18 February, 12 noon sharp.
Where: Valluvar Kottam Signal Junction, Chennai

“Every time a jallikattu event is held in Tamil Nadu, our state disgraces itself”, says PETA member and Tamilian Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “Thiruvalluvar would condemn state officials for permitting an activity that routinely results in injury and death for bulls and humans.”

During jallikattu, terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented – acts that violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.

PETA has filed a petition with the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court stating that cruelty to bulls and injuries to people were commonplace during the recent jallikattu events and that the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the High Court about holding jallikattu – which state that bulls should not be harmed – were ignored. PETA also points out – as per the complaints made by inspectors authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India – that police registered 46 First Information Reports against those who violated court guidelines and the PCA Act during jallikattu events held earlier this year.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.