Suriya using Jallikattu to gain publicity for Singam 3, alleges PETA

PETA has accused Suriya of using the Jallikattu controversy to gain publicity for his forthcoming film Singam 3.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 18, 2017 3:27 pm
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has hit back at actor Suriya for his support for the ongoing pro-Jallikattu agitation in Tamil Nadu while questioning the timing of his statement. The animal rights group has accused the actor of using the controversy to gain publicity for his forthcoming film Singam 3, which is due in theatres on January 26, terming it “extremely poor taste.”

“Tamil actor Suriya Sivakumar was reported to have come out in favour of Jallikattu. PETA India notes that Suriya and several other stars are very late to the issue,” read a statement from the organisation that has surfaced in social media.

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“It’s no coincidence that Suriya decided to speak only when his film S3 is about to release. During illegal Jallikattu events recently held, both bulls and humans have lost their lives. To use a cruel spectacle that routinely causes injuries and death and which has been condemned as illegal by the highest court in our country for movie publicity is in extremely poor taste,” Nikunj Sharma, Government Affairs Liaison with PETA India, has said in a statement, which was released by Sachin Bangera, the PR for PETA India.

The statement has been slammed by the fans of Suriya and pro-Jallikattu supporters. In a long statement, Suriya said that PETA has been defeated in the people’s court while thanking the organisation for advocating the ban on the centuries-old bull-taming sport which has brought people of Tamil Nadu together to stand united.

“The truth is always a part of people’s movement. Even as PETA won the case in the court of law, for claiming that Jallikattu, that has been in practice for centuries altogether, that have lost their identity amongst all Tamilians. People who want the extinction of our indigenous bulls are claiming that bulls are being hurt because of Jallikattu,” read a part of Suriya’s statement.

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Suriya has earlier expressed his support for Jallikattu, saying the traditional bullfighting sport should be allowed to continue with some regulations. Actors Vijay and Vikram were the latest celebrities to voice their support for Jallikattu.

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    Anand
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:11 am
    Well said Prabu Natarajan, I'm with you. I think we are wasting our time trying to make people like "Augustus" understand what culture and pride are all about. This guy who has a name that sounds like foreign (UN-Indian) to me and didn't have any knowledge of what is going on in TN, is only trying to stir us up.
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      Sridhar Narayanan
      Jan 18, 2017 at 10:37 am
      Can PETA fight for banning fishing as crores of fishes are dying daily?lt;br/gt;Can PETA fight for banning KFC as the company is killing millions of chickens daily?lt;br/gt;Can PETA fight against exporting cows from India?lt;br/gt;Are folks speaking in favor of PETA are pure vegetarians?lt;br/gt;Are folks working for PETA are pure vegetarians?
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        Prabu Natarajan
        Jan 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm
        for those who speak against Tamil culture with no clue about the history nor any clue of what's going on now, better have a quick read about the ongoing issue. There is no shame in voicing out for the things they believe. If one believes that following a tradition/culture has some flaws, the step forward should be to correct the flaws and allow the people to get on with what they strongly believe in. If SC is the absolute authority of India as claimed, there are several examples that proves it wrong. In most examples states like TN and eastern states end up as sufferers. If your problem is corruption, you have all the rights to fight for it and request for support. Similarly if my problem is having Jallikattu as part of my tradition, ask for clarification on why we need it and support me if you can or just stay away most of you do. May be TN people should stop contributing to the national development until things are sorted out. As Kiran Bdei claimed in a recent TV interview, TN people are the most stupid people in teh w of India who abide by rules. That i don't take it as a compliment.
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          Patriot
          Jan 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm
          such a lackluster argument, this shows that the pority of PETA is decreasing drastically. This also shows that they are just another political wing who dont really know what they are upto.
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            Prakash
            Jan 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm
            First of all in Jallikattu bulls are not injured as proclaimed by PETA, it is against the rules of the game. Jallikattu has an ancient history and records for its Unique and beneficiary purpose. Jallikattu bulls are considered as god by the farmers, providing them healthy food and nurtured with love. Jallikattu is pla to strengthen the Bulls to keep them fit and potent for reproducing healthy calves. If you turn pages of Jallikattu's ancient old history you won't find any incident of injuring of bulls during action. Even after the game the bulls are treated with same love and respect unlike killing them as they do in Spain and other countries. Jallikattu is not cruel compared to butchering them for meat, leather or Euthanization done by PETA. PETA doesn't concern for bulls it is their greed and concern for money given by some corporates to eradicate indigenous cattle breed of India to flourish their business by exporting foreign cattle breeds. If they really care for animals then let them fight against meat, fishery and leather industry. Can they dare to stop their own celebrity PRO agents from using leather products?.
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