PHOTOS: Herd of ‘Bulls’ in London Urges India to Stand Firm on Jallikattu Ban

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Years of campaigning may have been for nothing, as real progress for animals could be undone if the Indian government goes ahead with plans to reverse its ban on cruel events involving bulls, such as bull races, bullfights and jallikattu – in which these animals are chased, kicked and punched.

Today, a crowd of PETA supporters gathered in front of the Indian Embassy in London to urge the government to offer bulls the protection they deserve.

Jallikattu Demo London

Jallikattu Demo at Indian Embassy

Video footage from jallikattu events shows that terrified bulls are deliberately disoriented, chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and stabbed, and people even twist and bite the animals’ tails. Numerous people, including spectators, have been seriously injured or killed by bulls at jallikattu events. As part of the “game”, the animals are intentionally frightened to make them act “wild”.

All around the world, people have been speaking out against plans to make this cruelty legal again. Please add your voice.

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  • Sharan Raj commented on January 11, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Mind your own business and don’t poke noses in our domestic issues. We Tamils know your doubles standards and your hidden motives. You call for a ban on Jallikattu coz its dangerous? for heavens sake you guys are wearing leather shoes and belts in the photos are those made of plants and fibres? get your acts straight first. What action PETA UK has taken against horse racing in UK? how about dog racing? So your race horses are not tortured at all? Clean your country and don’t interfere in 2000’s year old tradition. Real Animal welfare activists should rise voice against killing of animals even for eating purpose too. I openly challenge PETA to get UK government to agree for BEEF ban. Then i advocate to stop Jallikattu.

    • Anne commented on January 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Hi Sharan,

      We are a pro-vegan organisation, and as such do not wear leather shoes or belts and actively campaign to stop animals being killed for food. We speak out against cruelty wherever it occurs, and oppose any exploitation of animals for entertainment or ‘sport’, including in the UK horse racing industry, greyhound racing, pigeon racing, circuses and bullfights. You can read more here:

  • kabhilan commented on January 14, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Hi Anne,

    Isn’t that something fishy that a pro-vegan organisation fighting vigorously to ban a traditional sport?..whatever

    Jallikattu is a traditional sport of Tamilnadu,India.In this sport the cows are not killed or treated cruelly. If you are really going against cruelty kindly ban beef exporting companies.I doubt whether Jallikattu is as cruel as that.
    We have our own cow breeds and our breeds are groomed by this practises.Hope you are not trying to stop that grooming practices, and only your intention is against animal cruelty.Our cow breeds are well know breeds which are of high market value and can adopt any domestic climate easily.And it is our traditional sport and no way we going to give up.

  • selva commented on January 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I think many don’t have clear understanding of what this sport is about. This is not comparable with other bull fight or bulltaming.

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

    What is Jallikattu?

    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.

    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.

  • Divya commented on September 22, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I accept your opposition on this issue, but there are many countries having dog, cat and other animal’s meat, those things also should be banned . We are living in a different countries and the way we live and the food we eat and the game we play everything differs. No one will accept the changes from the cultural activities which we are following for many centuries.

    I also accept and understand that hurting animals is the bad thing, but everything needs time to bring change!!!

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