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January 8, 2016

Cruel Jallikattu Proceeding Despite Animal Abuse Concerns

Humane Society International/India

  • Toni Scott/istockphoto

The Indian government capitulated to pressure and granted permission for the practice of jallikattu, despite the country's Supreme Court banning the practice in 2014. Jallikattu is a cruel practice in which crowds of young men pursue and torment bulls, often leading to injury to the bulls and to themselves in the process. The following is a statement by Humane Society International/India’s managing director, N.G Jayasimha:

“The notification issued by the MoEF on the issue of jallikattu is illegal and is a violation of the sanctity of the country’s highest court. The Hon’ble Supreme Court unequivocally banned the use of bulls in such events in 2014 due to widespread reports of animal cruelty surrounding the festival in which bulls are violently poked, kicked, beaten and made to stand in their own waste for hours on end without food or water, only to be made to run at high speeds for long distances afterwards, causing immense physical distress. We hope that the government takes a close look at the laws that clearly prohibit this practice and reverse their decision immediately.”

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee, nmukherjee@hsi.org

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