India’s U-Turn on Jallikattu Could Allow Bulls to Be Tormented in Festivals Again

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Update: Following an urgent petition supported by PETA India, the Indian Supreme Court has made it clear that events such as jallikattu and bull races cannot currently be held. This is a huge relief for now, but until the court reaches a final decision bulls are still in danger.

In a deeply disappointing change of direction, India could be about to reverse its ban on jallikattu and bull races.

Bull tormented in jallikattu eventThe Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change published a notification in The Gazette of India on 7 January, permitting these cruel events to take place once again, which directly contradicts a 2014 Supreme Court of India judgement that outlawed forcing bulls to perform on the grounds that it caused unnecessary pain and suffering.

Jallikattu, also known as “bull taming”, events take place in South Indian village festivals and involve groups of men besetting a terrified animal. Bulls often end up seriously injured or even dead, and the events are dangerous for people, too: there were approximately 1,100 human injuries and 17 deaths, including that of a child, from 2010 to 2014 as a result of jallikattu-type events.

PETA India has documented that during jallikattu, frightened bulls are often deliberately disoriented by being given substances like alcohol or having chillis rubbed into their eyes; having their tails twisted and bitten; being stabbed and jabbed by sickles, spears, knives or sticks; and being punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground.

The news that this barbaric “sport” will be allowed to take place once again this January isdeeply upsetting and a huge step backwards for compassion. However, we’re not giving up. PETA and our international affiliates will continue to do everything we can to protect bulls and put pressure on the Indian government to enforce the ban on this deeply cruel form of entertainment.

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  • Susanna Dent commented on January 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Please stop this cruelty. You are known for your love and integrity, and this sport is beneath you.

    Thank you.

  • selva commented on January 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

    There is some misconception about Jallikattu.

    Let me explain what is this sport is –

    Jallikattu is not controlling Bulls. It is playing with it.

    In a nutshell, the bull is allowed to pass/run through a distance of around 100meters and the players to hold the hunch in that distance.
    If the player has managed to travel that distance(100 meters) holding the hunch, he will get the prize money. If bull managed to pass througn without allowing anyone to hold its hunch, then, the bull wins. The maximum time a bull takes here is 2 mins.

    There are many rules that are followed –

    1. Before the event(usually few weeks before), each bull should be be registered with Ministry of animals(India) well in advance. The owner of the bull to pay a fee and give complete details of himself and bull. Bull will be allotted a registration number and this will be written in its horn.

    2. Both bull and player should be health checked before the event and after the event. If either bull or player is found unfit, they will not be allowed to particilate.

    3. The check involves comprehensive procedures including for alcohol consumtion, etc.

    4. The event should conducted in front of Local police officer, Animal director(from govt department), vertinarary doctor and other press persons.

    5. Photos and videos are fully allowed.

    6. The entire journey of bull from the entrance to exit to be recorded in video and that video to be sent to government the same day with Bull’s registration.

    7. Only one player to be allowed to hold the bull at any time. If second person is touching the bull while the first person is already holding, both will be disqualified.

    8. Usually, each bull is represented by a village so, the bull is treated as god(saviour of village)

    9. At any cost, bull should not be hurt. If there is any hurt happens to bull, this is considered as bad for the village and no player will even think of hurting a bull as bull’s are treated as god.

    Now, why Jallikattu is being played?

    Bulls are used for mating cows. Other than that they are not used for anything(these days). Maintaining bulls is very expensive and farmers can’t feed for the whole year without actually getting any income for its support. Secondly, villagers need to find which bull are good for mating their cows. So, to decide bull’s effect and to support bull’s feed cost, they conduct this.

    What will happen if we stop this play(Jallikattu)?

    Farmers will not keep the bulls as they can’t afford to feed them. So, they wil sell them and it will go to slaughterhouses.

    The whole cattle industry has to rely artificial semens for cow breeding. There are 6 bull breeds in Tamil nadu and one is already lost in the lost few years. Only 5 breeds are left and that too in rapidly reducing numbers.

    • Bibi commented on February 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      This cruelty MUST STOP

      • Vinoth commented on February 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

        This is not cruelty.. Poor farmers spending lot of money to maintain the Jallikattu bulls. This is the tradition of a people who speaks one of the ancient language. There are lot of government officials and blue cross members will be there in the spot. No one can hurt a bull. People here loves them more than their children. If we try to stop this game then most of natural cattle breeds will vanish from earth. Think about this.. “We shall klill a animal for food, We shall kill home less animals but we should not play with them” I dont think playing is cruel and killing is not..

    • Linda White commented on February 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Bulls or any other animal should not be used and kept in conditions that are cruel for entertainment. We live now not in the 16th century and it is time you and your Country realised this. It is disgusting to allow such torment and should be outlawed immediately. What if your child was subjected to this sort of abuse. I will never visit your country again and neither will many thousands if you continue such practices.

      • Selva commented on February 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm

        As mentioned, it does not torture. The video was doctored to show it as cruel. You can check lots of real videos by directly showing the sport. Of course, it is ur wish to decide to visit India or not. But, I try to distinct between cruelty(slaughtering, horse racing, etc.) and natural sport like Jallikattu.

  • Ankita commented on February 8, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Its barbaric plz stop this festival. How can people be so cruel to animals. These people should also be tortured in this way and it compels me to think instead of these bulls these people should be used for festival and treated same way. I wonder do people think they are great to humanity by taming a wild animal.

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