India: Illegal Jallikattu Events – As Much Evidence Required As Possible.

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Dear All,

Please see information below about a helpline number and guide to action that FIAPO has set up to help stop the illegal Jallikattu events that are being reported across the country.

I am asking for help from all the members of the group to share this within their networks and supporters so that we can reach as many people as possible and stop any such events.

Please forward this information widely!

Many thanks, Varda

Dear Members and Friends,

We know you care deeply about all animals, and bulls like Swami need you right now. In the next 5 days, hundreds of bulls will be punched, beaten, and mutilated to be “tamed” in medieval spectacles like Jallikattu across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Going against a supreme court ban and its own policy, India’s Central Government passed a notification on 7 January 2015 sanctioning unspeakable abuse of these animals.

We have achieved a profoundly important victory towards overturning this shameful decision, but our work is not over yet. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) teamed up with several other organisations and successfully challenged this move in the Supreme Court, and we have a stay order– for now.

But all is not well. Information is flooding in from all over the country about illegal bull races and Jallikattu events taking place.

See here and here.

Jallikattu is a barbaric activity in which it is simply impossible for bulls to escape torture.

Engulfed by screaming crowds, these terrified, gentle bulls are chased, punched, jumped on, goaded and poked with sharp sticks and dragged to the ground. In such “bull taming festivals” bulls have known to have their eyes gouged out, tails snapped and ears torn.

We have set up a helpline (09632129381) where people can whatsapp reports, photos and videos based on which we will file police complaints to prevent any such events taking place. We are also preparing for the long legal battle challenging the government permission to hold such events.

Here’s a handy guide to help you kick start work at the ground level in case of a possible event.

More here http://www.fiapo.org/our-campaigns/save-the-bulls-support-the-ban/

If you hear of it in advance – Approach the District collector and district police chief with information about the impending event along with a copy of the Supreme court order of 2014 as well as of 12 January 2015. – Submit a letter emphasising that it is the duty of the district collector to ensure that the SC’s orders are implemented, otherwise he will be liable for contempt of court.

– Send (whatsapp) a scan of the letter to 09632129381 so that we can follow it up. If you are unable to prevent it and have a chance to be present while the event happens

-Carefully video record the proceedings taking care to ensure that maximum people present at the event are recognisable in the video. Make sure you show the latest newspaper somewhere in the video to counter any arguments of it being old footage. -File an FIR against the organisers and include in it names of as many people as possible that can be seen in the video.

Also, in the video, include the owner of the land where the race takes place. If it is owned by village or Zila Panchayat then include the names of the chairman and secretary. If you can’t find names, designations will be enough. Find out the names of participants and include it. Insist that the police conducts a ‘Panchnama’ to establish the identity of all the people visible in your video. Include this request in your FIR. – Send the video and a scan of the FIR to 09632129381.

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