Don’t Allow Cruel Bull Races to Resume

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Target: Indian Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar

Goal: Withdraw notification permitting cruel bull races to resume in India.

Countless bulls may once again be chased, punched and stabbed in cruel events across India. The Indian government has decided to once again allow brutal bull races and bull-taming events, known as Jallikattu, to take place after banning these practices in 2014. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified the public of this change in the Gazette of India, despite the ministry not being legally permitted to modify the judgment that banned forcing bulls to perform.

A PETA India investigation revealed horrific cruelty during these events. Bulls are forced to race to exhaustion, brutally dragged and hit with nail-studded sticks. Video footage from Jallikattu events shows frightened bulls being chased, kicked, punched, dragged to the ground and stabbed with spears and knives. Spectators were also documented giving the animals substances such as alcohol to further disorient them, as well as twisting or biting their tails to agitate them even more. Bullfighting rounds only end when the bull manages to get away or is killed.

Additionally, Jallikattu-type events often result in injuries to human spectators. Drawing on figures from the media, PETA India reports that between 2010 and 2014, approximately 1,100 people were injured during these events and 17 people, including a child, were killed.

A number of animal welfare organizations, including PETA India, long campaigned to outlaw the brutal “sport.” Years of effort finally resulted in a ban in 2014. Despite this, the government has gone back on this landmark victory for animals and decided to once again permit cruel events like Jallikattu, despite it not being authorized to revoke this ban. This move puts thousands of bulls at risk of extreme cruelty and death. Sign this petition urging the Indian government to withdraw the notification allowing bull races to resume.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Javadekar,

The “sport” of Jallikatu involves horrific cruelty to innocent animals. During these events, terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, dragged and jumped on. Video footage from Jallikattu events also shows bulls being stabbed with spears and knives, being given alcohol to further disorient them, and having their tails twisted and bitten. The extreme acts of cruelty this “sport” involves led to the Supreme Court banning the practice in 2014.

Despite the ban, your ministry recently published a notification in the Gazette of India allowing these brutal events to take place once again. This is a huge step backwards for animal welfare in India and one that puts countless humans at risk as well. Approximately 1,100 people were injured in these events between 2010 and 2014, and 17 people, including a child, were killed.

People in India and worldwide are increasingly concerned with animal protection. Allowing Jallikattu-type events to resume will not only expose thousands of bulls to horrific suffering, it will also attract international condemnation. I urge you to withdraw the Gazette notification permitting Jallikattu events to take place once again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Judith Pecho says:

    Real brave bull fighters. What a disgrace! To torture an animal and call oneself a victor. It makes me outraged, the cruelty humans inflict on animals. I have read where they put a rop about their gentials to increase their pain and agitation. These fighters and the people who watch them are all a part of it. It should be outlawed under some international laws. The poor creatures of the earth that we are to protect and are failing them. Keep signing these and boycot the countries products and let them know. Also do not visit any country that torments animals for entertainment

  2. WHAT A SICK AND TWISTED RACE OF PEOPLE, WHY IN HEAVENS NAME WOULD YOU GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO HURT AND TORTURE INNOCENT ANIMALS, SHAME THE PEOPLE DON’T GET TRAMPLED THAT WOULD PLEASE ME AND A LOT OF PEOPLE. LOW LIFE SCUM ALL OF THEM

  3. Sylvia Browning says:

    Please stop this cowardly, disgraceful abuse of beautiful animals.

  4. Debra Riddle says:

    India! What can you say, godless & inbred & no intelligence at all. All they do is breed & abuse animals.

  5. Total sickos who deserve to live in abject poverty (excepting the high-ranking officials!), if that’s how they ‘think.’ I hope ALL of them get killed during their barbaric ‘festival,’ since they seem to LOVE creating misery so much. India is so full of hypocritical lies when it comes to their animal laws, it’s mind-blowing. Their 1947 Constitution states, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to…have compassion for all living creatures.” And the “Fourteen Rock Edicts, 1” of their former, Buddhist Emperor, Ashoka, had stated “Here (in my domain) no living beings are to be slaughtered or offered in sacrifice.” He banned royal hunts, improved ecology to benefit both nonhumans and humans alike, and his edicts promoted “kindness to living beings” and protection for all animals.

    And yet, now this previously-banned ‘festival’ is back, and the horrific ways they treat their (growing in demand) “dairy” cows and other bovines used for their skins, are no better than conditions for animals in N. America…oftentimes even worse. There is nothing “sacred” left there. India has gone totally BACKWARDS, and its Buddhist teachings, history & culture have been blasphemed into smithereens. Way to go, India.

  6. Didn’t know about the bull fighting there but this is braililnt news. The Canary Islands banned it years ago, more recently Catalonia, now prayers for every single place to do so. Its cruel, barbaric and totally unnecessary. I am pushing for any tourist visiting to boycott these events. Same old story, as long as it makes money they will do it so hit them in the pocket HARD please.

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