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.
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.
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