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The Supreme Court banned jallikattu in May 2014 because it is violent towards animals and endangers the public.
Yet in January 2017, the state of Tamil Nadu passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, to permit jallikattu again – a decision PETA is now challenging in the Supreme Court. According to media reports, 15 people and five bulls died during jallikattu events held from January to June and nearly 2,000 spectators and participants were injured. The numbers continue to rise as more events take place. These figures are considered conservative because bull deaths and injuries often go unreported .
PETA's eyewitnesses investigated jallikattu events that took place in Avaniapuram, Palamedu, Alanganallur, Thirunallur, and Maravapatti between 5 and 12 February and documented profuse cruelty to animals and flagrant disregard for the public's safety and the law .
It's clear that jallikattu events breed disaster and that animals and humans need to be protected from this senseless cruelty. It's time again for jallikattu to be banned.
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