Cruel Bullfights Cancelled

For Immediate Release:
21 January 2011

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]

Poladpur, Maharashtra – After learning that bullfights were scheduled to take place in Poladpur, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India asked local police and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to stop bulls from being severely injured or dying in these staged events. Police inspector Vijay Kadam filed a case against the event organisers, who issued an apology and pledged never to force bulls to fight in the future. Two scheduled fights—including one which was scheduled to take place yesterday—were cancelled.

Eight bull are typically used in these bullfighting events – in each round, two bulls are brought together and surrounded by a ring of spectators. The bulls’ horns are sharpened to ensure that every charge will cause bloody gashes and deep puncture wounds. The round ends when one of the bulls is either killed or manages to flee. The survivors of each round fight each other while spectators bet on the outcome. The “winner” is the last bull left alive – but by then, the bull’s injuries are often so severe that he is sent to slaughter.

“Provoking bull to slash and gouge each other to death should be condemned by everyone in a civilised society”, says PETA India’s chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura. “Bulls already have a hard enough life. We applaud the police for putting a stop to these cruel spectacles, and we urge police from other areas to take action to stop these fights everywhere.”

PETA India was alerted to these fights by a concerned local citizen who learned that two bull died during a fight in his town earlier this month. People are encouraged to contact PETA immediately if they learn of such an event in their area.

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