Amy Jackson, Sonakshi against JallikattuPublished: December 16, 2015
At a time when many from the film industry liberally donated for the cause of flood victims in Tamil Nadu, popular stars, mainly from Bollywood, are against the traditional bull taming sport of the southern state- Jallikattu.
They have signed a petition by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) calling on the government to uphold the ban on Jallikattu. Amy Jackson, Vidya Balan, Vidyut Jammwal, Sonakshi Sinha, John Abraham, Sonu Sood, Bipasha Basu, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Athiya Shetty and Richa Chadha among others have signed the petition.
In a release, PETA said the petition recalled the Supreme Court banning Jallikattu, bullfights, bull races and other uses of bulls in performances last year but the Central government was reportedly planning to amend The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, to allow these ‘cruel spectacles’ to take place once again.
“For the sake of animal welfare and human safety, we, the undersigned, urge the government to keep bulls protected by upholding the ban on Jallikattu, bullfights, bull races and other uses of bulls in performances,” the signatories said in the petition.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar has donated Rs one crore for the flood relief work. “After seeing the shocking visuals of rain affected Chennai, Akshay wanted to help the people and in this regard he called director Priyadarshan, who in turn directed him to contact Suhasini Mani Ratnam,” a statement said.
Following Suhasini’s suggestion, he donated Rs one crore to Bhoomika Trust, who have been preparing and distributing food items since the day of the disaster.