John Abraham supports PETA
John Abraham supports PETA

Actor John Abraham has fired off a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, to the Minister of Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, thanking her for the Ministry’s decision to ban the use of bulls as performing animals.


In 2011, the Ministry of the Environment and Forests (MoEF) issued a notification which banned the use of bulls as performing animals – thereby banning Jallikattu, a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu.

The ban was later challenged by organizers of Jallikattu in Madras high court and its verdict is expected to come on January 11. Even before the decision of the Madras high court, the Tamil Nadu government recently gave permission for Jallikattu to be held in Madurai.

bull in Jallikattu
The bull fight in Jallikattu.

Appreciating the step by MoEF, the actor in his letter, dated January 10, 2012, wrote that bulls are deliberately terrorized, hit and wrestled to the ground. “It has been reported that your Ministry is being pressured by a few Jallikattu supporters to allow it to continue. However, even if the ban on Jallikattu under the notification in The Gazette of India did not exist, the cruel treatment of animals during Jallikattu is still illegal under the PCA Act, 1960. On behalf of all compassionate Indian citizens, I am writing to request that your Ministry uphold our country’s laws and our constitutional requirement to show kindness to animals by instructing the Tamil Nadu government and police to crack down on Jallikattu events, which are now illegal,” the actor wrote.

It remains to be seen if the actor’s impassioned missive helps bring some relief to the bulls of Tamil Nadu.

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  1. Good to see John standing up for animal protection. Animals cannot speak for themselves – stars like John must speak for them and build public opinion about such issues.

  2. Thank you J Abraham !…. Man has to listen to the bulls through animal lovers. The bulls should be left to lead a peaceful life. The lust for money and fame at the expense of cruelty to bulls is the reason. Jallikattu is one of the ways of exhibition of sadism by a few.

  3. Mr. John, just because you give voice for animals doesn’t meant you are compassionate. Its a trend with the super rich in Cine field either bollywood, hollywood etc to portray themselves as saviors of animals, environment etc without completely understanding what they stand against. I can very well say that you are promoting violence (by beating up villains on screen) and influencing youth towards sex culture etc. Do you know some of those bull species will get extinct if they ban this sport. Just stick with what you know best, i mean exposing your body.


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