Suriya is an angry man. Supporting the cause of Jallikattu, the actor had postponed the release of his upcoming blockbuster S3 (or is it C3?) and had even participated in the day long protest at Marina beach along with his peers, Rajinikanth, Ajith, Dhanush, Nasser, Prabhu, Kamal Haasan and others.
However, PETA singled out the actor, as Nikunj Sharma, Government Affairs Liaison with PETA India issued a statement, saying, "It’s no coincidence that Suriya decided to speak only when his film S3 is about to release. During illegal Jallikattu events recently held, both bulls and humans have lost their lives. To use a cruel spectacle that routinely causes injuries and death and which has been condemned as illegal by the highest court in our country for movie publicity is in extremely poor taste."
This statement had made Suriya consider the stand to take legal action against the non-profit organisation, while demanding an apology from the board. His statement also mentioned that he has shown his commitment and support to Jallikattu on many occasions in the past, negating PETA's claim that he is just using the issue to promote his film. Suriya's lawyer also demanded PETA to release a copy of the apology to the media within a period of 7 days, failing which would result in Suriya initiating appropriate legal proceedings against PETA.
It's no doubt that the biggest villain in the mind of every hardcore Tamilian is the animal welfare organisation, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA is the reason why Tamil Nadu is having trouble organising the bull worshipping festival, Jallikattu in their rural regions. Citing cruelty to animals (referring to the tradition of making the bull run in an open field, while players hand on to its hump), PETA had moved to High Court to ban the sport. Supreme Court banned the tradition in 2014, but later retracted the order following government's intervention. This was again re-evaluated when PETA again opposed the move, following with the apex order put a stay on conducting the festival till they make a final decision on the issue.
The stay has angered many Tamilians who feel this tradition is their honour, and the anger is supported by politicians and celebs like Rajinikanth, Suriya, Ajith, Dhanush, Nasser, Prabhu, Kamal Haasan and others. They even held against the decision, following which TN government, with the help of PM Modi, agreed to pass an ordinance to hold Jallikattu this year. But before that, Suriya has even
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