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PETA Releases Damning Report and Video Documenting Jallikattu Cruelty

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For Immediate Release:
12 February 2013

Contact:
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9167937382; GuptaB@petaindia.org
Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561; SachinB@petaindia.org

Investigation of Bull 'Taming' in Tamil Nadu Reveals a Spectacle of Torture and Death

Chennai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has just released the findings of its most recent investigation of jallikattu events, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jabbed with knives and otherwise tormented – activities prohibited by law but allowed by Tamil Nadu state. The investigation was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body which operates under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The report, which includes observations made by PETA Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate, documents the systematic torment of bulls at recent jallikattu events held at three locations in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district. Every year, scores of humans are also injured during jallikattu, some fatally.

Here is a link to a preview of the investigation video, and broadcast-quality video footage can be downloaded here.

The following is a small sample of PETA's photo- and video-documented findings:
• One day after a fleeing bull was hit by a bus and killed, another bull sustained a crippling leg fracture after jumping onto a field 10 feet below the road in a desperate attempt to escape his pursuing tormentors.
• Bulls' tails were bitten, twisted, pulled and bent by participants in order to force the animals to run. Many of the bulls sustained dislocated tail vertebrae as a result.
• Irritants were rubbed into bulls' eyes and noses.
• A yellow liquid – believed to be alcohol – was forced down a bull's throat.
• One bull was hit and poked in the face with sticks by police.
• Terrified bulls ran amok through crowds, bashing through gates and into homes. Villagers ganged up on bulls and mercilessly beat them.

"The incidents I witnessed violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as well as the Madurai High Court and Supreme Court guidelines and the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009", says Dr Valliyate. "By allowing an activity to occur that is so clearly in violation of the law, Tamil Nadu is the undisputed animal torture capital of India."

Our report, photos and video footage are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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