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Urge Indian Government to Withdraw Notification Allowing Jallikattu, Bull Races

Via a January 7, 2016, notification in the Gazette of India, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is again trying to permit cruel events like jallikattu and bull races. For now, the Supreme Court has stayed this notification in response to a battery of petitions filed with the court against the notification led by the government advisory body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and supported by PETA India and others. This means events such as jallikattu and bull races cannot be held for now, as the court deliberates on the matter. But until the notification is withdrawn, the risk to bulls remains.

Video footage from jallikattu events shows that terrified bulls are deliberately disoriented, chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground, and stabbed, and people even twist and bite their tails to agitate them. Numerous people, including spectators, have died or been seriously injured at jallikattu events by bulls who were intentionally frightened as part of the "game." During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, a round ends when one of the bulls either is killed or manages to flee.

PETA India has long campaigned against the use of bulls in performances. In 2014, the Indian Supreme Court passed a judgment in favor of PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India confirming a ban on jallikattu, bullfights, and bull races. Despite this, the government is now trying to permit cruel events like jallikattu and bull races again.

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