PETA Statement re Jallikattu

For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2017

PETA U.S. protests rodeos, dogfighting, and the abuse of wild animals in circuses; PETA affiliates in Europe work to end Spanish bullfighting; and PETA India is an Indian organization that addresses animal issues in that country. Please see this statement from PETA India:

The Supreme Court of India banned jallikattu in 2013 because of the cruelty inherent when hordes of young men liquor up terrified bulls, break joints in their tails, rub chili peppers into their eyes, beat them with nail-studded sticks, and jump on them. These dangerous bull-wrestling events inevitably injure and kill animals and humans alike—in fact, two young men were killed during one such event just this weekend. PETA India has supported families whose children have been killed during jallikattu. Anyone calling for the blood sport to continue is trying to preserve a tradition that’s as heinous as fox hunting was in the U.K. and bullfighting still is in Spain—one is now outlawed, and the other is being banned, city by city.

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