PETA ACTIVISTS TO PROTEST AGAINST JALLIKATTU OUTSIDE HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA

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PETA Members Wearing Bull Masks to Speak Out Against State Law Permitting Cruel Event Despite National Ban

What: Wearing bull masks, members of PETA Australia will stand outside the High Commission of India on Monday and hold signs that read, “Save India’s Reputation: End Jallikattu” and “Jallikatu: Harmful to Humans and Animals”, on Monday. The protesters are calling on the Indian government not to exempt the state of Tamil Nadu from the national ban against using bulls as performing animals. Tamil Nadu currently has permission to continue jallikattu, a cruel and dangerous “sport” in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground – and in which human participants are often injured and even killed.

“Exempting jallikattu from India’s laws is a black mark on India’s reputation”, says PETA Australia’s Jason Baker. “These events are illegal – they violate the ban on using bulls in ‘entertainment’ and are completely against the spirit of India’s animal-protection laws, which prohibit beating, kicking and torturing animals.”

When:             Monday, 30 January, 11am – 12pm

Where:           High Commission of India, 3-5 Moonah Place, Yarralumla (a map is available at http://www.hcindia-au.org/high_commission.html)

The Madras High Court is currently reconsidering the exemption for jallikatu. Last year, hundreds of human participants were injured, and many were killed. In one four-day period last January, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events, 154 of whom were spectators. Two people died.

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