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PETA responds to comments on ‘jallikattu’

 Says the sport violated a 2011 notification of Ministry of Environment and Forests People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent a letter to DMK chief and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in response to his comments reported in the media against the ban on ‘jallikattu’ (bull-taming sport). “The government should keep in mind the law and order problem the ban is likely to create and prevent the danger of over 60,000 bulls being sent to slaughter houses in Kerala,” Mr. Karunanidhi had said in a statement, which was reported in the media on May 11.

 

He had also urged the State government to file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of its order banning jallikattu. In a letter to Mr. Karunanidhi, Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, Campaigns Advisor of PETA, noted that jallikattu violated a 2011 notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests that banned the use of bulls as performing animals and resulted in countless people being hospitalised.

 

“Many people have also died, resulting in families losing their sons, brothers and children — often the only earning members of their families,” Ms. Gupta claimed. She also recalled an incident, where a 13-year-old girl was gored to death by a bull that took part in a jallikattu at Dindigul in February. Bulls continued to be tortured in the name of tradition during jallikattu, she alleged. “I urge you, as a Tamilian and an Indian, to consider the true culture of Tamil Nadu as one of compassion and kindness,” she said in the letter. “It violated a 2011 notification of the Environment and Forests Ministry”


 Hindu, Delhi, 16th May 2014