In 2014, the Indian Supreme Court ruled in favor of PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India and banned bullfights, bull races, and jallikattu (a bull-chasing spectacle). The court declared that the inherently cruel events violate India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960. But special-interest groups have been fighting that ban, and now the court is again deliberating the issue.
So herds of PETA “bulls” have been gathering outside the Indian Embassies in the U.S., Canada, and England to tell officials to keep bulls protected.
Disturbing videos from these events show terrified bulls being chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground, and stabbed. During races, they’re hit with nail-studded sticks and driven to exhaustion. In bullfights, they’re stabbed, and the fight doesn’t end until they are killed or manage to flee, invariably injured.
“India must not roll back the clock and allow bulls to be tormented and killed just to amuse a screaming crowd,” says PETA U.S. President Ingrid Newkirk, who is also the founder of PETA India. “The whole world is watching and hoping that the government of India will do the right thing by keeping these dangerous and cruel spectacles illegal.”