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Response from Dr Manilal Valliyate of Animal Rahat on the #Jallikattu posts

Animal Rahat is a sister concern of PETA. Dr Manilal Valliyate heads Animal Rahat and has added the following response to the ongoing discussion (article my me on Jallikattu, Response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA, my response to that article): Hi Vidyut, Apologies for taking this long to get back to you. Introducing myself, I …

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Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India

I am neither defending nor opposing jallikattu. Nor do I intend this to be an adverserial discussion. Bear with me, it is slightly long. The downside of describing behavior of bulls to those not trained to see it is that each picture seems to take a thousand words. My response to the response by Poorva Joshipura, …

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Response by CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu

The following is the response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu published yesterday. Obviously PETA India disagrees with those wanting jallikattu to not be banned, but Poorva asserts a similarity between jallikattu and bullfighting, raises questions about injuries to humans and animals and questions the validity of the argument …

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Bull taming at jallikattu, Allangur, India

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate

I have refrained from commenting on jallikattu for a long time, mainly because I don’t have any real experience or concrete insight on the subject (yes, that does prevent me from making opinions known). However, after several debates, reading up, arguments and a lot of thinking, I can definitely say that a middle way needs …

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Exotic and indigenous cattle population between 2007 and 2012

Animal husbandry, cattle slaughter and economic viability in five images

In an attempt to bring reason to the debate on cow slaughter bans, I have tried to present data from Maharashtra where the broadening of an existing ban on the slaughter of cows to include calves, bulls and bullocks has the poor cattle owners of the drought stricken state devastated as their livestock has overnight …

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#BoycottKerala – new rabbit, same hat

The last few days have seen alarming reports about culling of street animals in Kerala. “Apolitical” groups have launched a #BoycottKerala campaign. However, not everything seems to be as it appears. Street dog attacks on children The whole thing apparently started with increasing attacks on children (real or perceived) when 2 children 3-4 year old where …

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Mumbai Animal Activist blows the whistle on Kolkata Snake Park

Mumbai, 5 December 2014: Shocked by online reports of the plight of birds, snakes and other creatures housed in Culcutta Snake Park located at Kolkata’s Madhyamgram area, Mumbai animal activist Shakuntala Majumdar (09322271966, thanespca@hotmail.com) sent independent investigators and later made a detailed complained to the Animal Welfare Board of India. The Animal Welfare Board, in …

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