Jallikattu Is Bull****, Say PETA Activists
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Jallikattu Is Bull****, Say PETA Activists

Led by a costumed “bull” in a wheelchair, PETA activists took to the Embassy of India today with signs that read, “Save India’s Reputation: End Jallikattu”, in English, Tamil and Hindi. They were urging the Indian government not to exempt the state of Tamil Nadu from the national ban against using bulls as performing animals. Tamil Nadu currently has permission to continue jallikattu, a cruel and dangerous “sport” in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground – and in which human participants are often injured and even killed.

“Exempting jallikattu from India’s laws is a black mark on India’s reputation”, says PETA India’s Poorva Joshipura. “These events are illegal – they violate the ban on using bulls in ‘entertainment’ and are completely against the spirit of India’s animal-protection laws, which prohibit beating, kicking and torturing animals.”

Jallikattu Demonstration outside the Indian High Commission, London

Similar protests will take place around the world this week before the Madras High Court reconsiders the exemption for jallikatu on 30 January.

In jallikattu, bundles of money or other prizes are tied to the horns of a bull, who tries to escape as villagers chase him. PETA India’s investigation into five jallikattu events in 2011 revealed that the terrified bulls are painfully dragged by nose ropes, surrounded by mobs of taunting people who send the animals into a frenzy, goaded with sticks and pushed and wrestled to the ground. Last year, hundreds of human participants were injured, and many were killed. In one four-day period last January, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events, 154 of whom were spectators. Two people died.

While you may not have been able to attend the demonstration, you can still have your say by e-mailing the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests and asking them to put an end to this cruelty.

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  1. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    India is the land of religions that respect all animals. Brhahmins, Buddhists and Jains must denounce all exploitation and abuse of animals. “Ahimsa” !!

  2. avatar John Alexander Gibson says:

    They’ll always come up with pathetic excuses why non human animals should be harmed its either “tradition” or “we don’t have to because the law doesn’t cover our area”. The same old rubbish, the fact is no animal should be treated like this in any part of the world. The sickening abuse that these bulls have to go through is unacceptable, such crimes should never go unpunished. So I hope the Indian government does something about this cruelty towards non human animals.

  3. avatar Gloria Kay says:

    I am surprised that so called civilised people find “entertainment” in this cruelty.

  4. avatar fiertamil says:

    Quelle cruauté ??!!!! vous croyez que le tamil nadu est le seul état à faire ces jeux ???? Non il y a l’Espagne ,Le portugal et d’ autre pays occidentaux , quand il s’agit de ces pays la on dénonce rien mais il s’agit du tamil Nadu vous dénoncer MDR !!!
    En plus en inde après les jeux on ne tue pas le taureau mais les epagnols si !!!!
    En plus en interdisant ces jeux vous tuer nos traditions nos divertissements !! c’est vrai que dans l’hindouisme on doit respecter la vache et les autres formes de vie mais si depuis des année on fait ces jeux là on va pas les changer pour vous les occidentaux .Et en plus de parler pour rien regarder ce que vous faites !! Vous mangez les vaches alors que nous non alors est ce que vous nous avez deja entendu dire “Pourquoi vous mangez de boeufs ???? ! Non jamais !!!

    • avatar fiertamil says:

      Quelle cruauté ??!!!! vous croyez que le tamil nadu est le seul état à faire ces jeux ???? Non il y a l’Espagne ,Le portugal et d’ autre pays occidentaux , quand il s’agit de ces pays la on dénonce rien mais il s’agit du tamil Nadu vous dénoncer MDR !!!
      En plus en inde après les jeux on ne tue pas le taureau mais les epagnols si !!!!
      En plus en interdisant ces jeux vous tuer nos traditions nos divertissements !! c’est vrai que dans l’hindouisme on doit respecter la vache et les autres formes de vie mais si depuis des année on fait ces jeux là on va pas les changer pour vous les occidentaux .Et en plus de parler pour rien regarder ce que vous faites !! Vous mangez les vaches alors que nous non alors est ce que vous nous avez deja entendu dire “Pourquoi vous mangez de boeufs ???? ! Non jamais !!!

      Sorry i speak only french

  5. avatar Chandra sekar says:

    Dear PETA UK,
    I am from madurai where jallikattu held every year. I want to tell you that Jallikattu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations usually on Mattu Pongal day. This is one of the oldest living ancient sports seen in the modern era. Although it sounds similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, it is quite different. In Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not supposed to use any weapon. It is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. Kindly you come and visit our place and know the tradition behind it and how we treat our bull. Its not just a bull , we treat as one of our family children.

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