Cyrus Broacha Wins PETA Award For Going To Bat For Bulls

For Immediate Release:
3 November 2010

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Mumbai – For refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull, actor, comedian and VJ Cyrus Broacha will receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Broacha made his ethical stand while participating in the TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi. Broacha will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation.

“I wouldn’t do this because this is like bullfighting, and the bull surely doesn’t enjoy this”, said Broacha, who gained fame for his hit shows MTV Bakra and The Week That Wasn’t on CNN-IBN.

“Cyrus Broacha is known for his funny pranks, but he knows that exploiting animals is no laughing matter”, says PETA India’s Abhinav Gogia. “We hope that his decision to stick up for bulls will serve as an example for other entertainers to follow – and that they, too, will demand an end to any roles that involve harming or harassing animals.”

In a typical bullfight, lances are driven into the bull’s back and neck muscles. Then sticks with harpoon points are thrust into the bull. Weakened from blood loss, the dying animal is finally stabbed to death – or nearly so; some bulls are still conscious when their ears are cut off and their bodies are chained by the horns and dragged out of the arena. Worldwide condemnation of bullfighting continues to grow. In Spain, the Catalonia region – which includes the city of Barcelona – recently banned bullfights, and in Mexico, bullfights have been banned in Jalapa.

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