Jallikattu ban: Tamil-Americans hold rally outside Indian Embassy in Washington

Several hundred Tamil-Americans held a rally in support of the ongoing Jallikattu movement demanding the lifting of the ban on the bull-taming sport, which is an integral part of the Tamilian culture.

The rally took place at the Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington.

Many Tamil-Americans held a rally in the US, in support of the ongoing Jallikattu movement.
Many Tamil-Americans held a rally in the US, in support of the ongoing Jallikattu movement. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Jallikattu

Several dozens of them also held a protest demonstration outside the PETA headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Large numbers of women and children raised slogans in support of Jallikattu, holding banners and posters, protesters vented out their anger against animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which is leading in supporting the ban on the grounds that it is a torture to the animals.

The majority of the slogans were in Tamil, but at times people shouted "Down Down PETA," venting their anger at the animal rights group.

Protesters shouted
Protesters shouted "Down Down PETA," venting their anger during the rally. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Jallikattu

While talking to the media, Babu Vinayagam, one of the anti-PETA protestors present in the rally, said, "We love our animals. We know how to treat our animal. This is part of our tradition and culture."

"Today’s rally is to show our solidarity with our people back home fighting against a ban on Jallikattu," he added.

This was one of the largest protest rally and demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in recent years.

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In a statement, PETA alleged that these protesters "are anxious" to overturn the court ruling and "preserve a culture as heinous" as fox hunting was in the UK and bullfighting is in Spain, one now outlawed the other being banned, city by city.

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