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Over 2,000 bulls will be part of a Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu, India. 32 people have been hurt in the event, a traditional bull-taming sport organized as part of Pongal. Four of the injured have been hospitalized, according to officials. The event will be held until January 31.
The Supreme Court refused a request that Jallikattu should be organized and conducted under the supervision of government officials, a district collector. In 2014, PETA and the Animal Welfare Board of India successfully banned Jallikattu but the ban was removed by the government after protests in Chennai.
Animal rights activists allege that animals are not as protected as the government says they are. The government says that it has systems to check both the safety of animals and spectators. Animal rights activists are unconvinced and say that animal welfare is being violated. Over 200 people have died in the past twenty years in Jalliakattu events.
In June, 2019, PETA released a report detailing bull abuse at Jallikattu events across the country. PETA India CEO Dr. Manilal Valliyate said of the events, “Year after year, PETA India’s investigations tell the same story of mass human and bull deaths and of bulls being deliberately tormented and forced to take part in jallikattu.” Following the investigation, PETA India said, ” Jallikattu is an inherently abusive and dangerous practice that has no place in our modern and progressive society. PETA India is calling for an immediate reinstatement of the ban on these cruel events.”
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Sign this petition to demand that the Supreme Court of India officially ban, once and for all, the sport of Jallikattu.
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