Petitioning Hon'be the Chief Justice of India and 14 others

Horrific and cruel practice is brought to an end in Tamilnadu - Naresh Kadyan

Letter to
Hon'be the Chief Justice of India
Secretary to the MoEF
OIPA - Indian People for Animals
and 12 others
HE President of India
Director, Ainimal Welfare Division
Hon'ble Vice President of India
Hon'ble Minister for Environment and Forest
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
Madurai The Hindu
Special Representative to Government of Tamil Nadu at New Delhi Thiru A.Asokan M.A
Registrar General Madras High Court Thiru. G. Chockalingam
Chief Secretary to Govt Secretariat, Chennai Thiru Debendranath Sarangi IAS
Principal Secretary to Government, Secretariat, Chennai Thiru Rameshram Mishra IAS
Governor's Secretariat Raj Bhavan, Chennai Thiru Shambhu Kallolikar IAS
Hon'ble Law Minister of India
Animal lovers and activists have been at the forefront of the campaign against jallikattu, which, they argue, amounts to cruelty towards bulls. Their objections stem from practices that are aimed at making the bulls more ferocious during bull-taming events.
Practices such as rubbing chilli powder on the animals' eyes or feeding them with arrack prior to the event are commonly heard of, but proponents of jallikattu say these are no more order of the day, as the event is now being held under stringent conditions and supervision. Several court orders have also underscored the need to prevent practices aimed at provoking the bull. But the idea of a total prohibition of jallikattu remains a dream for animal rights activists, as it remains associated with rural life and has the vocal support of nearly all political parties and caste groups.
“At a time when world over cruel events of this kind are being banned, it is the other way about here in Tamil Nadu,” laments Shiranee Pereira of People for Animals. "We are going back in time, instead of displaying progressive thinking."
In most of these events, the element of cruelty is totally neglected, says Ms. Pereira. In her opinion, the sheer agony that the animal goes through should itself be reason enough for a blanket ban on the sport. The bulls are forced run helter-skelter out of fear. This make them run for cover.
And it is not merely prevention of cruelty that animal welfare activists talk about. The safety of the participants and spectators sport should also be considered, animal welfare activists say. Every year, dozens of people suffer injuries during jallikattu events.
Tamil Nadu is known for its compassion towards all forms of life, says Chinny Krishna, a former Chairman of Blue Cross. A classic example for this, he says, is the story of the king, Manu Needhi Chozhan, who sacrificed his son by riding a chariot over him, after he received a complaint from a cow that her calf had been run over by the prince's chariot.
In Mr. Krishna's opinion, the sport of jallikattu not only inflicts cruelty on the animals, but also led to injuries to participants and, sometimes, their death. “The real number of persons dying in the sport is not reported in the media, as some of those injured in it succumb to injuries at a later date. This goes unnoticed.”
Though the State government has enacted a law to regulate the conduct of jallikattu and imposed stringent conditions, these are not fully implemented during the events, the activists contend.
Jallikattu - bull taming and Bullfights involve torturing naturally peaceful animals by causing immense fear, stress and pain to the bulls and cows involved. The animals are tormented and painfully attacked throughout the fights, causing prolonged suffering and trauma.
Animals are being abused for joy, which is harmful to the animals, human beings as well and same is a violation of the legislation's concerned, where as bull is a part and partial of the state emblem of India.
The United Nations affiliated OIPA chapter in India along with PFA Haryana raised this issue to stop the insult of the state emblem of India, where as Madras High Court, Madurai bench allowed Jallikattu - bull taming in Tamilnadu.
GOVTN/E/2012/00127 and PRSEC/E/2012/00603 dated January 14, 2012 : International Animal Welfare Fortnight begins................
The State Emblem of India is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Emporer Ashoka, who ruled from 272 BC to 232 BC. It is preserved in the Sarnath Museum, near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital has four lions standing back to back mounted on a circular abacus. The frieze of the abacus is adorned with sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening Dharma Chakra (Wheels of Law). The abacus rests on a bell-shaped lotus.
The profile of the Lion Capital showing three lions mounted on the abacus with a Dharma Chakra in the centre, a bull on the right and a galloping horse on the left, and outlines of Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left has been adopted as the State emblem of India. The bell-shaped lotus has been omitted.
The motto "Satyameva Jayate" (truth alone triumphs) – written in Devanagari script below the profile of the Lion Capital is part of the State Emblem of India. The motto is taken from an ancient scripture the Mundaka Upanishad.
MADURAI: In a relief to organisers of the traditional sport of "jallikattu" (bull taming), held as part of the harvest festival Pongal, Madras High Court today permitted holding of the event which is popular in rural areas of Tamil Nadu.
In its interim order, the court, however, directed that all guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, high court and the Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act-2009 should be followed while conducting the sport.
Justice Chitra Venkatraman and Justice Karuppiah also warned that if the guidelines were not followed, the court could reconsider its decision. The Judges said the organisers should keep in mind that "Pongal", which falls on January 15, "is not a festival for human beings alone, but for four legged creatures as well. Hence sufficient care should be taken in conducting the event."
Reports should be submitted to the court on how Jallikattu was held at various places in Madurai, Sivaganga and Tiruchirappalli districts on January 15-17 19, 29 and 30, the judges said after hearing three petitions by an organiser of the Jallikattu, an animal rights activist and Animal Welfare Board of India today.
The judges also directed Additional Solicitor General of India to get reasons from the Centre for issuing a notification banning the using of bull as performing animals after the " Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act" was passed and asked Tamil Nadu government as to why they were permitting to conduct Jallikattu.
It has been learnt that the Animal Welfare Board of India - AWBI is being compelled to register bulls as performing animals against the law, hence AWBI is requested to reject all proposals.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 be replaced immediately with the Animal welfare Act, 2011. All abused bulls be rescued and rehabilitated immediately, AWBI should move to the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India to get stay on the Madras High Court - Madurai bench orders / submit new facts about violation of the State Emblem legislation's before the Madurai bench, to reconsider its order.
District Administration may kindly be directed to book all Organisers for the violation of:
Indian Penal Code (IPC)
Section 268. Public nuisance
A person is guilty of a public nuisance who does not act or is guilty of an illegal omission which causes any common injury, danger or annoyance to the public or to the people in general who dwell or occupy property in the vicinity, or which must necessarily cause injury, obstruction, danger or annoyance to persons who may have occasion to use any public right.
A common nuisance is not excused on the ground that it causes some convenience or advantage.
Section 289. Negligent conduct with respect to animal
Whoever knowingly or negligently omits to take such order with any animal in his possession as is sufficient to guard against any probable danger to human life, or any probable danger of grievous hurt from such animal, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.
Section 306. Abetment of suicide:
If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Central Government Act
Article 51A(g) in The Constitution Of India 1949
(g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;
Special Representative to Government of Tamil Nadu at New Delhi is here by requested to allow UN affiliated OIPA deputation to deliver this petition in person under leadership of Abhishek Kadyan, Mobile - 09813010595.

Twenty five competitors were injured, three of them seriously, one killed in the popular ‘Jallikattu’ (taming the bull) event held at nearby Palamedu as part of Pongal harvest festival.
The participants were injured when they tried to tame the charging bulls by clinging on to their backs, police said, adding all the injured were treated as outpatients.
Parade of fighting bulls, sheep and cocks, Jallikattu, bull taming is a organized crime against animals, human beings and Society as well. OIPA in India demands criminal suicide attempt section be imposed on all participants, Organisers and abused bulls be rescued cancelling permission - Sukanya Kadyan, Director Events of PFA Haryana

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