PETA files petition in SC, demands notification on Jallikattu be “struck down”

PETA files petition in SC, demands notification on Jallikattu be "struck down"
PETA files petition in SC, demands notification on Jallikattu be “struck down”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India along with other groups on Monday filed petitions in the Supreme Court demanding that the Centre’s recent notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races be “struck down”.

PETA India claimed that a battery of urgent petitions led by the government advisory body Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and two sitting AWBI members as petitioners, and supported by animal protection groups PETA, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Compassion Unlimited plus Action (CUPA), were mentioned before the Chief Justice’s bench of the Supreme Court.

PETA India further claimed that along with these, individual petitioners Sowmya Reddy, Radha Rajan and Gauri Maulekhi have also filed their petitions.

“All petitions call for the Environment Ministry notification of January 7, 2016 permitting the use of bulls in events such as jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races elsewhere in the country to be struck down. Urgent listing of these petitions was sought and has been allowed for tomorrow,” the statement said.

PETA India said that the Environment Ministry’s notification allowing jallikattu and bull races came despite a Supreme Court judgement which held that the Ministry cannot allow these races and cannot modify the notification dated July 11, 2011 (which banned forcing bulls to perform) without consulting the AWBI.

“Terrifying and injuring bulls is abuse, not sport, and this combined with the injuries and deaths of people common at jallikattu events puts a bloody stain on India’s reputation in the eyes of the world.

“Laws and SC verdicts need to mean something and we look to the Supreme Court to confirm once again jallikattu and bull races must not be allowed,” said PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura.

In December 2015, the AWBI advised the Ministry not to go against the Supreme Court judgement.

PETA said that the court had also ruled that cruelty is inherent in these events, as bulls are not anatomically suited for such activities and making them participate is subjecting them to unnecessary pain and suffering, so such events were outlawed.

“The court also stated that when culture and tradition are at variance with the law enacted by Parliament, the law would take precedence. The January 7, 2016 notification flies in the face of this Supreme Court ruling,” PETA said.

In just four years, from 2010 to 2014, approximately 1,100 injuries to humans were reported by the media as a result of cruel and dangerous jallikattu-type events and 17 people died, including a child.

PETA India has documented in AWBI authorised inspections that during jallikattu, terrified bulls are often deliberately disoriented by being given substances like alcohol, having their tails twisted and bitten, being stabbed and jabbed by sickles, spears, knives or sticks and being punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground.

Three bulls even died during jallikattu events in 2014. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, which often occur in Goa, a round ends when one of the bulls manages to flee (or is killed), PETA India said.

( Source – PTI )

PETA urges health ministry to ban sale of animal-tested products

PETAAnimal rights group PETA has urged India’s health ministry to ban the marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics and household products.

A statement issued by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said such a move would place India in line with the European Union, which has banned the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics, and Israel, which has banned the sale of all cosmetics and household products that are tested on animals.

“The testing standards for cosmetics and household products in India no longer include animal tests, so why should animal-tested cosmetics and household products be sold here?” asked PETA India science policy advisor Chaitanya Koduri.

“Consumers want to be confident that the products they are buying did not blind rabbits or poison mice,” he said.

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board under the ministry of health and family welfare has also recommended that there should be a ban on the import of cosmetics tested on animals.

Despite the availability of non-animal tests and ingredients that are known to be safe, many companies still choose to subject animals to painful experiments, the statement said.

(Source: IANS)

Ban on elephants’ performance in circuses

elephantThe Animal Welfare Board of India decided to stop registering elephants for performing in circuses in view of the cruelties and abuse subjected to the animals, PETA India officials said Friday.

The decision follows People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the Animal Rahat submitting a report exposing the cruelties suffered by the elephants in circuses across India.

“The findings from our extensive investigation reveal that cruelty to animals is inherent in the circus business. It is high time for a ban on the use of all animals in the Indian circuses.

Any delay will mean continued abuse of dogs, horses, camels, goats, birds and other animals,” said Manilal Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs, PETA India.

The board confirmed the decision in the minutes of its 39th general meeting released Friday.

“The board has also decided to stop the immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses as mentioned in the report. These elephants will be seized after making arrangement for their rehabilitation,” added Valliyate.

Along with this, the legal notices will also be served to the circuses for using sick, injured and unregistered animals as performing animals.

The PETA India’s findings will also be forwarded to the Central Zoo Authority for further action.


Animal board wants glass-coated kite strings banned

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has urged all the states and union territories to ban glass-coated, plastic, metal and other cutting forms of ‘manja’ – the thread used in kite-flying contests ahead of Independence Day.

“In order to uphold our nation’s animal protection laws, the sale and use of glass-coated, metal, plastic or other sharp manjas must be banned. Your action would help safeguard the environment for people and for animals,” S. Uma Rani, secretary of AWBI, said in a letter to state forest departments, the contents of which were released to the media Tuesday.

WBI is a statutory body under the ministry of environment and forests.

The letter by AWBI comes after the intervention of activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India.

The manja thread used in kite-flying competitions is often gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed glass and metal, making it lethal for birds, who are slashed, wounded and killed when they become entangled in the strings. Besides birds, it also poses a threat to people, according to PETA.

(Source: IANS)

Will not ship animals: Jet Airways to PETA

Jet Airways has assured People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in writing that it does not and will not transport animals destined for laboratory experiments.

In a reply to PETA’s letter inquiring about Jet Airways’ policy regarding shipments of animals to laboratories, Mohammad Ali El Ariss, Jet Airways’ vice president of cargo, stated: “We refuse to carry live animals for laboratory experiments.”

PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr. Chaitanya Koduri said, “Jet Airways is now among the enlightened airlines that refuse to transport dogs, cats and other animals to laboratories, where they would suffer and die”

“Jet Airways has set an example for the dwindling number of airlines, including Air India, that still profit from animal suffering.”

According to PETA, several major airlines have full or partial policies against transporting animals for experimentation.

However, PETA said that one of the exceptions is Air India which, despite repeated assurances to PETA that it would not transport animals for use in experiments, continues to profit from the cruel trade of shipping animals to laboratories.

“Every year, experimentation facilities across India squander valuable time and resources as well as millions of rupees by conducting experiments on monkeys, dogs, rabbits, rats, mice and other animals, even though animal experiments often do not reliably predict specific consequences for human health.”



Make this World Cup the last with leather balls: PETA

 With cricket being the flavour of the season, a noted animal rights body is now batting against the exploitation of animals in the ‘gentleman’s game’.

Urging for the top cricketing body to switch from using real leather balls to synthetic balls, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Sharad Pawar, president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Poorva Joshipura, chief functionary, Peta says, “As the so-called ‘Gentleman’s game,’ cricket should be gentle on animals and the environment by making the switch to synthetic balls.”

She writes in her letter, “You are in a unique position to create a change that would alleviate massive suffering and destruction. Won’t you please step up to bat for animals and the environment by using your influence to ban leather balls and replace them with synthetic balls instead?”

Animal rights activists say although millions of fans across the globe are currently enjoying the World Cup, cricket is anything but fun for the animals whose skins are used to make balls for the sport, and leather production wreaks havoc on the environment.

Synthetic-leather balls can be more durable and water repellent than their leather counterparts, and sportspersons have said to have reported such balls to better play. Given the superiority of composite leather balls, other sports have already switched over to their use.

In the US, both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) play with synthetic-leather basketballs. Activists point out that many animals who are slaughtered for their skin endure extreme crowding and deprivation; castration, branding, tail-docking and dehorning without being given any pain relief; and cruel transport and slaughter.

The process of obtaining leather from animal skins has been reported to be cruel and inhuman. “The animals are marched to slaughter for days without food or water. When the animals collapse from exhaustion, workers often smear the animals’ eyes with chilli peppers and tobacco and break their tails in an effort to keep them moving,” says Joshpuria.

“At abattoirs in India, animals are often skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious. What’s more, turning animal skins into leather requires massive amounts of toxic chemicals, and runoff from leather tanneries poisons rivers and streams,” she adds.

A report by the Central Pollution Control Board found that Vellore, Tamil Nadu, which has about 6,000 tanneries is alarmingly polluted. Tannery workers are exposed to chemicals that have been linked to cancer, respiratory infections and other illnesses.

Studies of leather-tannery workers in Sweden and Italy found cancer risks between 20 and 50 per cent above expected levels.

PETA to protest outside AIIMS for release of animals

Animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it would stage protests outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Friday urging the premier health research institute to release to a sanctuary the animals kept in its laboratories for more than three years.

‘PETA would stage a protest outside the AIIMS Friday at noon. We want to draw attention towards the institute’s central facility that should have rehabilitated the animals after three years of use in testing,’ PETA India’s chief functionary Poorva Joshipura said, in a statement here.

‘The innocent monkeys being held by AIIMS have been given life sentences with no chance of parole. The least AIIMS can do for these abused animals is to release them to a sanctuary where they can be truly rehabilitated,’ she added.

International celebrity Pamela Anderson had written a letter to the AIIMS director N.C. Deka Feb 19, asking him to free the aging monkeys held at the institute’s labs.

Anderson sent the letter on behalf of PETA India after watching video footage taken secretly inside AIIMS.

The video shows horrifying conditions under which the animals have been caged, including rabbits suffering from an infectious skin disease and rats with wounds being denied veterinary care.

‘It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video. But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day,’ the actress wrote.

In the letter, the former ‘Baywatch’ star, who visited India to participate in realty show ‘Big Brother’, said out that many of the monkeys at AIIMS have been languishing in cramped, rusty cages for more than a decade and that one monkey has been suffering in these conditions for nearly 20 years.

According to the legal framework, laboratories in India are required to rehabilitate animals after three years of biological use.

However, AIIMS officials denied the charges of animals being ill-treated.

‘We appreciate and respect the sentiments of PETA also. They can come and visit the central facility and we are sure they will be happy after the visit,’ AIIMS spokesman Y.K. Gupta told.

‘We promise that the animals are kept in much better and upgraded conditions at the hospital’s laboratories. As far as the release is concerned, we have certain specifications related to the period of stay of the animal, the period of testing and various other specifications which are to be studies before the release,’ he added.

Ban bullock carts transporting kerosene: PETA

Animal welfare NGO PETA has demanded a ban on the use of bullock carts to transport kerosene in the city, but the government says it needs an alternative arrangement in placey.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) made the demand at a meeting with Maharashtra’s food and civil supplies ministry.

The officials told PETA that labour union leaders had been asked to submit a proposal by Thursday, suggesting alternative arrangements to transport kerosene, PETA’s Manilal Valliyate told.

He said two unions — Kamgar Utkarsh Sabha and Maharashtra Shramjivi Sangha — use more than 200 bullocks to transport kerosene from oil ports in Sewri, Wadala and Mulund to various ration shops in the city.

‘Even though the ministry decided in September 2008 to phase out the use of bullock carts by March 2009, many bullocks are still being used, most of them underweight, unthrifty or ill,’ he added.