Jallikattu Is Bull****, Say PETA Activists

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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.

Comments

  • Brien Comerford commented on January 26, 2012 at 2:00 am

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

  • John Alexander Gibson commented on January 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    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.

  • Gloria Kay commented on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

  • fiertamil commented on July 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    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 !!!

    • fiertamil commented on July 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      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

  • Chandra sekar commented on January 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    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.

  • Lakshman commented on January 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Hi PETA UK,
    Not sure if your organisation will try to read my message and honestly respond to it.
    First, please visit places where Jallikattu is conducted. Try to understand what rules and regulation are in place for that event. FYI…there are very strict rules, restrictions and one has to follow that during the event. Otherwise there will be a consequences and disqualification. Moreover, during the event there will be higher officials, referees to monitor the event. The owners/supports of the Bull will be in the arena. You also have cameras/videos that will be capturing this moment. Do you think will anyone harm/hurt or misbehave in this occasion? Come on; use your common sense….
    During the event, once the Bull is released it will run to the target pole/line which is merely less than 50 meters. Within that time, the men’s will have to get hold of the Bull, which means they need to take the token of victory tied in the Bulls horn. All this will happen within less than a minute. Although it will look like (as seen in the photos) that all men’s are jumping over the Bull, actually only 1 or maximum 2 person can hold it at a time as the Bull will be jumping and running in a high speed. Men’s focus will be only to get the victory token or to hold the bull without getting fallen before it reaches the victory line. With all these in mind, where did you find the word ‘Torture’ that you can relate to this event.
    A bull is a family member and taken care in a similar way. Every year we pay respect and gratitude during harvesting festival for all support it has provided. At the same time Jallikattu is a lovable game between two living beings. This is a game between strong living beings, a kind of wrestling (not like WWF/WWE). You will not understand unless you understand our tradition and culture….
    Don’t assume by looking into the pictures (Bull surrounded by strong men’s) that the Bull is hurt or tortured. NO, NEVER the bull is hurt. Till now you haven’t submitted any evidence of the Bull that was tortured or being hurt, have you?
    The British who were in India during colonial period know about this and they allowed Jallikattu with rules and regulations. For others who ever have commented against this…. sitting in one part of this world and commenting is very easy. Better shut up and step out if you don’t want to REALLY learn the culture and, don’t create false history as you did before (like you gave India the independence, but actually you were forced to leave India as you were becoming weaker).
    Thanks, Laksh

  • Lakshman commented on February 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Jallikattu participants purposely disorient the bulls:
    FALSE.
    There are fitness test conducted before and after the event to ensure the bull is not harmed or whether alcohol has been given.
    The event happens in front of high officials, bull owners and still do you think the bulls are ill treated ?
    Its hard to wake up who pretends to have slept.

    In bullfights, the round ends when one of the frightened and injured bulls manages to flee – or is killed. – STUPIDITY STATEMENT TO THE CORE.
    YOU DEFINITELY CANNOT PROVE IT.

    1,100 human injuries and 17 deaths caused by jallikattu:
    TRUE LIES, PROVE IT.
    The participants in jallikattu will take insurance before participating. No one has claimed for death/injury from their insurance. Have PETA verified the insurance record as it cannot be hidden ?

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