With Proof on Animal Cruelty Due to Jallikattu, PETA Calls for Ban
In an explosive report on the recently concluded Jallikattu tournament in Tamil Nadu, PETA India has alleged multiple instances of animal cruelty.
With an extensive number of videos and photos to support their argument, the organisation has said that 'animal torture' cannot be regulated, and demanded that the Supreme Court continue the ban on the bull taming sport.
In the 131 page report with visual evidence, PETA has described various instances of cruelty at nine locations, between the 14 and 28 January 2018.
PETA says that there is evidence to show bulls being prodded with iron rods and sharp weapons, their noses bleeding after being tugged at by ropes, multiple participants attacking a single bull, and even men biting the tail of the animal to agitate it.
The report alleges that findings of the 2018 investigation reveal rampant violation of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act 2017, the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Conduct of Jallikattu) Rules, 2017 and the guidelines for the conduct of Jallikattu issued by AWBI on 5 January 2015.
The guidelines had warned participants against twisting and biting tails of the bills, stabbing and jabbing them with weapons, tackling them and failing to provide them with enough rest and hydration.
"Year after year, investigation after investigation reveals the same thing: Deliberate cruelty, injury, and deaths are inherent in Jallikattu, and no amount of regulation can change that, which is why the Supreme Court had banned it in the first place," says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate.
Veterinarians who were appointed by the AWBI on the spot, corroborated what PETA India alleges.
One member of the team, who reported to the AWBI told TNM:
The same bulls fight at multiple locations, and are exhausted as they are transported to various venues and made to wait in queues for registration. In addition to this, they are mostly dehydrated and unclean. Lemon juice is also squirted into their eyes to irritate them.An unnamed member of the team
In addition to the mounting allegations, PETA India has also questioned the bid to introduce a franchise format of Jallikattu. TNM had reported this in January, and on how many who support the sport are against the franchise. AWBI's decision to recall observers was further questioned.
Concluding that no amount of regulation can be enforced to prevent the cruelty in the event and trauma the bull is subjected to, PETA India has demanded that the ban of Jallikattu must continue to protect the animals as well as humans.
(This article has been published in arrangement with The News Minute)