by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, report that during the jallikattu event held on
Monday, 14 January 2013, in Avaniapuram, Madurai, a bull died from a head-on
collision with a moving passenger bus because of the absence of a contained
collection area for the bulls, which is a violation of the Madurai bench of the
Chennai High Court guidelines that are intended to regulate jallikattu.
Participants forcing fluids, likely liquor, down
the bulls' throats.
The terrified bull
ended up in the accident on the main road after running frantically away from
jallikattu participants who had been chasing and deliberately agitating him.
Other panicked bulls also ran from the jallikattu area onto the main road into
the midst of oncoming traffic. The inspectors reported that no veterinarians
could be found at the scene of the death and also witnessed cruelties, such as
a person biting the tail of a bull, other people poking bulls with knives and
twisting their tailbones and organisers poking and beating animals with wooden
sticks and forcing fluids, likely liquor, down the bulls' throats.
Panicked bull ran from the jallikattu area onto
the main road into the midst of oncoming traffic.
Although the Ministry
of Environment and Forests issued a notification which banned the use of bulls
as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu – the Tamil Nadu government
is supporting and permitting jallikattu to be held throughout the state. Jallikattu
supporters claim that the events are being held under High Court and Supreme
Court guidelines. However, PETA contends that the guidelines are meaningless
because they do not prevent the cruelty to animals inherent during jallikattu
or stop participants and spectators from getting hurt. During jallikattu,
terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground
and otherwise tormented – acts that violate the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act, 1960.
Bull died from a head-on collision with a moving
passenger during jallikattu.
PETA is calling on authorities
to ban jallikattu since it puts both animals' and people's lives at risk. You
can help by taking action here.
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