Things are looking up for animals in India! An Indian court has declared that the use of bulls in Jallikattu, an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns, “severely harms” the animals and is punishable under the Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals Act.
The practice was banned in 2008 but reversed only four days later accompanied by specific guidelines to ensure safety of the people involved. The sport has existed for more than 2,000 years and has been considered an important cultural event to many. But what about the safety of the bulls?
Animal activists have been longing to end this practice for years and were thrilled the Indian courts finally took notice. “This is a landmark victory for animals in India. Year after year, court guidelines or laws were violated during jallikattu and bull races, and countless bulls and people have suffered and even painfully died,” a spokesperson for PETA said.
We hope countries that engage in bull racing will take notice and follow India’s excellent example.
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