Chennai, Feb 2: The Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights has recommended blocking all websites of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. This comes after a petition was filed seeking a ban on all PETA sites alleging that the site carried sexually explicit advertisements and content.
The order by the penal says that when children searched for information on PETA on the internet, they were directed to sexually explicit content. The order comes after a complaint by petitioner Enoch Moses.
Moses argued that photographs of models and celebrities was openly available on the PETA website, which violates the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012.
This is not the first time that PETA has had to face the heat in Tamil Nadu. In fact, this petition comes days after PETA and Tamil Nadu were on tenterhooks over bull taming sport Jallikattu.
Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court after petitions by animal rights bodies including PETA. PETA had sought a ban on the sport citing cruelty towards animals. However, the people of Tamil Nadu claimed that Jallikattu involved worshipping the bull and not hurting the animal.
Chennai saw week-long protests in January as people gathered in thousands at the Marina Beach protesting against the ban on Jallikattu. As protests continued, clamour grew for a ban on PETA. Celebrities, too, hit out at PETA for ‘not understanding the culture and sentiments of Tamil Nadu’.
After a week-long protests, the Tamil Nadu Assembly brought a Bill to replace the Ordinance and allowed the people of the state to conduct Jallikattu.
Actor Kamal Haasan also indulged in a spat with PETA on Twitter. “PETA go ban bull riding rodeos in Mr. Trump’s US. You’re not qualified to tackle our bulls. Empires have been made to quit India (sic),” he had tweeted. To this, Poorva Joshipura, PETA India CEO, had responded, “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, as is indicated by its name, helps animals in India only and is an Indian entity. The rodeo is further prohibited in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and elsewhere. Spanish supporters of another organisation, PETA Europe, have made bull fights in many areas of Spain illegal.”
Reports also said that the Tamil Nadu government was exploring legal options to ban PETA across the state after massive protests by the people of the state.