PETA a Soft Target in Jallikattu Row, Says NGO’s India Head
Jallikattu is organised during Pongal. (Photo: Reuters)
Jallikattu is organised during Pongal. (Photo: Reuters)

PETA a Soft Target in Jallikattu Row, Says NGO’s India Head

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come under attack from Jallikattu supporters across Tamil Nadu, who are demanding a ban on the NGO for its stand on the traditional sport.

PETA, an international NGO that works for the protection of animals, says they’re being picked on because they’re a soft target.

Anger against PETA is not going to have any effect on the laws under which Jallikattu, bull race and bull fights have been banned.
Poorva Joshipura, India CEO of PETA

PETA is by no means the only organisation supporting the ban on Jallikattu. The Animal Welfare Board of India is among the many organisations and individuals that are against the use of the bull as a performance animal.

When asked whether the reaction to PETA was because of the radical stand they have taken, Joshipura denied the claim. She said:

PETA hasn’t banned Jallikattu. Jallikattu is banned under Indian law, which has been in place for many years. All PETA can do is to work to make sure animal rights are upheld... As much as the focus on PETA is an honour, the credit is not due to us.
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The PETA India head also questioned the priorities of the protesters. “These protests are coming at a time when TN is under severe drought, 144 farmers have committed suicide as a result of the droughts,” she said.

When asked about the claim that jallikattu will protect native breeds from dying out, Poorva said there are several ways to protect indigenous cattle.

I would invite you to join us in our efforts where we have been working to stop thousands of cattle that have been going from Tamil Nadu to Kerala for slaughter. They are native bulls. That is for the leather industry and for the meat industry. The number of bulls (that you can save through) Jallikattu is very less
Poorva Joshipura, India CEO of PETA

“Other states have incentives to use native bulls. You don’t have to hurt them to preserve them,” said Joshipura.

Refusing to back down, PETA says it’s high time people start taking the point of view of animals into consideration. “Cruelty is cruelty. Cruelty is not culture,” she said.

If we want to look at what our culture is as a country, we only have to look to the Constitution, which makes it the mandate of every single citizen to have kindness to animals. Our culture is to be law abiding, to respect and support the Supreme Court. Tamil culture is so rich, we don’t need to hurt somebody else.

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