Victory: Two More Bull Races Stopped in Punjab After Pressure from PETA

For Immediate Release:
15 November 2016

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Quick Response From Police Spares Dozens of Bulls Immense Suffering

 Punjab – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sprang into action after learning that bull races were scheduled to take place recently in Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana districts. By working closely with senior police officers in both locations, PETA ensured that both bull races were immediately stopped, preventing more than 100 bulls from being tormented.

The victory comes after PETA stopped four bull races in September and October this year: two in Nawanshahr district and one each in Sangrur and Ludhiana districts.

“Bulls already face a difficult life, and there’s simply no excuse for beating them with sticks and stabbing them with nails”, says PETA Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA will continue to work with authorities across Punjab to stop these cruel and illegal spectacles in their tracks.”

To stop the recent events, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment … or abuse in any other way” – sent urgent letters to the Hoshiarpur district senior superintendent of police as well as the Ludhiana City commissioner and deputy commissioner of police and followed up with other senior officers. In the letters, PETA pointed out that during bull races, bulls are often beaten mercilessly with wooden sticks that are spiked with nails in order to get them to run faster in the sweltering heat, and their tails are frequently twisted, causing them extreme pain. Such events are also a threat to public safety.

On 11 July 2011, The Gazette of India published a notification from the then–Ministry of Environment and Forests stating that bulls could no longer be used as “performing” animals. This means that cruel bull races are banned everywhere in India. The notification reads, in part, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 … the Central Government … hereby specifies that [bulls] shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals, with effect from the date of publication of this notification ….” The Supreme Court of India further issued a judgement on 7 May 2014 confirming this ban and observed that bulls are not anatomically suited to take part in races.

Bull races also violate Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which declares that any person who “beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures” or otherwise subjects animals to unnecessary pain or suffering shall be charged with cruelty.

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