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PETA not taking legal action in US against bullriding sport similar to jallikattu

IANS  |  New York 

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which petitioned the to stop jallikattu, is not taking similar legal action against bullriding, a sport with similarities to the Tamil event.

Three days of bullriding organised by Professional Bullriders started on Friday at here without a legal challenge or active protest from in contrast to its actions in against

While people run after a bull and try to hold on to its hump in jallikattu, in bullriding a person gets on it and tries to hold on to it while the animal tries to throw off the rider.

Unlike in Tamil Nadu, where is a traditional cultural event held around the annual harvest festival, bullriding is a commercial sports activity backed by and even the US government's Border Patrol. Cheapest tickets for event cost $59.

said in a statement to IANS: "Events like those held by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) are rare in today's civilised society and despised by the vast majority of people all over the world."

"US, which is a separate entity from PETA India, will protest this cruel spectacle and expects it to go the way of bullfights, which have been banned in more than 100 cities in as a direct result of action by PETA and its affiliates," she added.

PETA did not respond to a question from IANS why it was not taking legal action against bullriding as it has in

Despite Newkirk's claim that events like PBR's "are rare in today's civilised society," 81 bullriding events are being organised across the US this year by the PBR alone and some are also to be televised by CBS, a major national network.

The bloody sport of bullfighting, in which the animals are killed unlike in either jalliattu or bullriding, continues to be held in where a constitutional court overturned province's ban in 2016.

A global bullriding championship is scheduled to be held next month in the US with teams from the US, Australia, Brazil, and participating.

PBR's list of partners include Ford, Caterpillar, jeans company, and whiskey distiller.

It also lists the US government's Border Patrol as a partner.

Some of the PBR events make a show of patriotism with spectators waving American flags, which are also paraded in the arenas, and feature military bands.

The Madison Square Garden, which seats more than 18,000 spectators and bills itself as "The World's Most Famous Arena," hosts sporting events, concerts and political events. Narendra Modi's a rally for Indians was held there during his 2014 events.

India's Supreme Court banned in 2014 in response to a case spearheaded by PETA alleging the event inflicted cruelty on bulls.

After protests in 2017 in against the ban on the centuries-old cultural event, the laws on preventing were amended to allow limited jallkattu events with strict regulations.

PETA and other organisations have filed another appeal to the Supreme Court for a total ban on jallikattu and a constitutional bench is to consider whether can retain the event as a "cultural right."

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--IANS

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First Published: Sat, January 05 2019. 10:46 IST
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