Jallikattu is to thank the nature, not to torment bulls: PETA

AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala has also written a letter to the Prime Minister, noting that the ban on the bull taming sport had caused "resentment" in the state.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2017 2:15 pm
jallikattu, jallikattu festival, PETA, PETA on Jallikattu, Pongal festival, Supreme Court on Jallikattu, Jallikattu-Pongal, indian express news The purpose of the festival is to thank the nature and celebrate life (something that can’t be achieved by tormenting bulls and causing human and bull injuries and deaths)”, Director of Veterinary Affairs of PETA Indiam Manilal Valliyate said.

Amid growing chorus for holdingJallikattu this year during Pongal, animal welfare body PETA on Thursday said the purpose of festival is to thank the nature which cannot be achieved by tormenting bulls and causing injuries and deaths to people and bulls. PETA’s remarks came on a day when the Supreme Court rejected a plea urging it to pass judgement on bull taming sport Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal on Saturday.

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The court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging Centre’s notification allowing the sport. The Tamil Nadu government has also asked the Centre to consider promulgating an ordinance for “removing the legal impediments” to enable the conduct of the sport. “There is so much more to Pongal festival than taunting bulls, including praying, singing songs, garlanding and decorating bulls, eating sweets, providing God with offerings, and more.

“The purpose of the festival is to thank the nature and celebrate life (something that can’t be achieved by tormenting bulls and causing human and bull injuries and deaths)”, Director of Veterinary Affairs of PETA Indiam Manilal Valliyate said. Among the types of cruelty banned under Indian law are dogfighting, cockfighting, bullfighting, bull racing, the use of certain species of animals in performances such as for circuses and film and more.

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“Cruel practices inherent in bull races, bullfighting, and Jallikattu are prohibited under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the use of bulls in performances was banned by the then Environment Ministry in 2011. Bulls across the nation are afforded this protection – not only those in Tamil Nadu. “In 2014, the Supreme Court confirmed that spectacles such as bull races, bullfights, and Jallikattu violate Indian law. While Jallikattu is more prevalent in Tamil Nadu, bullfights are more common in Goa and bull races in Maharashtra, Punjab, and elsewhere,” he said. There has been a growing chorus for holding bull taming sport Jallikattu, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the Centre to consider promulgating an ordinance to enable the conduct of the sport.

AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala has also written a letter to the Prime Minister, noting that the ban on the bull taming sport had caused “resentment” in the state. A 27-member delegation led by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai met Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Wednesday and also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office in this regard.

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Valliyate said it the constitutional duty of every Indian citizen to “protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures” under Article 51A(g). Noting that Jallikattu supporters have started to claim that this cruel spectacle is some form of native-breed conservation, he asserted that “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

“The prevalence of various breeds of cattle used by humans in India is almost entirely determined by the choices of the country’s dairy industry. This is because humans manipulate domesticated breeds to suit their own purposes, such as for increased milk production. “The industry was determining which types of cows were bred in India long before the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision about events such as Jallikattu. There are also scientific ways of preserving native breeds of cattle and other species of animals already being practiced by the government,” he said.

Observing that others have attempted to claim “falsely” that Jallikattu is of religious importance, he said Hindus commonly worship bulls in temples honouring Lord Shiva by gently touching the forehead of Nandi’s idol and if some miscreants were to enter Lord Shiva’s temple and desecrate Nandi’s idol, people would not stand for it.

“Similarly, there is nothing religious about the abuse of actual bulls of Lord Shiva,” he said. He said Jallikattu takes advantage of bulls’ natural nervousness as prey animals by deliberately placing them in a terrifying situation in which they are forced to run away from those they rightly perceive as dangerous and a threat to their lives.

“Inspectors authorised by the statutory body the Animal Welfare Board of India have documented that bulls become so frightened by the menacing mob that they slip, fall, run into barriers and traffic, and even jump off cliffs, so desperate are they to escape. This often leads to severe injuries, including broken bones, and even death,” he said.

From 2010 to 2014, media outlets reported that there were some 1,100 human injuries and 17 deaths caused by Jallikattu-style events, including the death of a child while the actual number is probably higher since many injuries likely weren’t reported in the news, he added.

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  1. Angaraj Navaneethakrishnan
    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:18 am
    @ : Know the real killers. Do you want to kill all cow and other animals of india and make india as somaliya as per PETA wish if not please google petakillsanimals and know their real face. Be Indian save Indian animals and farmerslt;br/gt;The good in jallikattu is finding the good breed for producing good strong cow providing good quality indian milk. Providing money through gift and tourism as people from all over the world come to view jallikattu. So farmer need not sell their cow for slaughter house. Having more cow improves tree growth and rain. lt;br/gt;BE READY FOR COUNTRY WIDE CANCER SPREAD DUE TO WESTER BREED MILK THE PLAN OF PETA. WHY DO WE NEED FOREIGNER TO HEAD OUR ANIMAL WELFARE PLEASE THINK
    1. S
      Jan 14, 2017 at 7:48 am
      PETA originated in the state of Virginia in USA. PETA couldn't succeed in their attempt to get the Bull shows banned in USA. They have not been able to do anything against Spanish Bull fighting and the same in the case of other European and Latin American states Bull fighting or riding shows.Because the democratially elected Governments of those countries respected the cultural and traditional values.Unlike the bull fighting and bull riding, Jallikatu doesn't allow harming and injuring the bulls. But the PETA succeeded in getting the Jallikattu and Cart race banned in India thanks to the inefficiency of the Parliament of this country and for the efficiency of the custodian of the consution.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Politicians and Parliament of this country should be blamed for this drama.Why didn't the Parliament take steps to amend PCA act to allow Jallikattu and Cart race.It shows the Parliamentarians themselves are not interested or do not like to bring changes to PCA act to allow Jallikattu and Cart race.Never forget that, in democracy, people have the right to change the rule changers.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are hundreds of thousands of human rights violations taking place across this country.We couldn't enforce the laws against the human rights violations but we are very busy to frame the animal rights and to enact the law against animal rights violations and enforce it.What kind of people we are.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Who are this PETA.What accountability do they have.What are their motives. Can these lunatic s unrealistic demands and expectations be fulfilled by the Courts and Parliament. How many PETA members are not taking allopathic medicine as a part of their support against animal cruelty.How many of them have come from rural background and lived with the animals.Have they ever reared the animals. They are insulting the followers of tradition with the half baked information.They don't have complete knowledge of the nature.Do they suggest that all the carnivorous must be killed because they kill the others cruelly and eat them.Do they have any knowledge on why the God created these dangerous animals on this earth.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This organisation should be banned otherwise their actions will lead to social unrest in this country.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is no doubt that this sport should be regulated but total ban is completely unacceptable.
      1. T
        Jan 13, 2017 at 3:18 am
        Things that happening in jallikattu can be controlled by strict laws and regulations. Ban the complete sport is not a solution.
        1. H
          Jan 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm
          Tamils should show bravery at border
          1. vivek p
            Jan 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm
            in spain the bulls will be slaughtered after the fights.lt;br/gt;we are poor so they think they can stand on our heads and control us
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