Name, Address of Indian Embassy
I have read with concern, several press reports which state that Jallikattu and similar bull taming/racing events continue to take place in different states of India despite the recent Supreme Court stay on the conduct of such events.
We are astonished at this decision as, only two years ago, the Supreme Court said that use of bulls in the sport “severely harmed” the animals. In addition to being contempt of court, it is a shameful act by the Government if it chooses to turn a blind eye to these events, taking place right now all over the country. The events are a violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and no amount of ‘welfare provisions’ can make sure the bulls are not harmed in a ‘sport’ to which cruelty is intrinsic. Bull taming is a barbaric activity in which it is simply impossible for bulls to escape torture. Engulfed by screaming crowds, these terrified, gentle bulls are chased, punched, jumped on, goaded and poked with sharp sticks and dragged to the ground. In such “bull taming festivals” bulls have known to have their eyes gouged out, tails snapped and ears torn.
India has been the home of many leaders of animal protection from Swami Vivekananda to MK Gandhi who said, “It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures”. And of course the Guru Granth Sahib (136) says, “The merit of pilgrimages to the sixty-eight holy places, and that of other virtues besides, do not equal having compassion for other living beings”. Globally there is increased scientific recognition of the sentience of animals and therefore their capacity to experience not only physical pain, but also emotions such as, in the case of Jallikattu, terror and fear.
We are shocked by the idea that such cruel events can be considered part of the Indian culture, which has upheld the values of compassion and kindness for all animals, as stressed in the Supreme Court’s order as well. The Jallikattu fails to live up to such ideals. It is time that such practices were consigned to the history books.
Therefore, I strongly protest against any bull taming/racing events being allowed to take place anywhere in India. I urge you to not act in a nature contrary to the Supreme Court’s order and protect the rights and interest of the bulls of India. I sincerely hope that the Government intends abiding by the law. Please convey our thoughts with urgency to the Government of India and to request them to ensure that the practice is not allowed to go ahead, both on moral and scientific grounds.