Jet Airways criticised for ‘encouraging’ animal abuse

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NEW DELHI - Jet Airways has been flooded with e-mails and calls after the September issue of their inflight magazine, JetWings, printed an article on bull fighting. An animal rights organisation has written to the airline, prompting the latter to apologise.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations said in a statement Tuesday: “We were extremely disturbed to see Jet Airways glorifying photographs of matadors tormenting bulls with banderillas sticking to their bleeding backs in their magazine.”

Responding to the organisation’s calls and e-mails, Manech Davar, executive publisher said: “We do understand the points raised by you and would not want to come across as an organisation and publication that encourages unjust endeavours. We assure you that there wouldn’t be any more features on the same in JetWings.”

The organisation said that in Spain, the Canary islands outlawed the sport of bull fighting way back in 1991, followed by Barcelona and Catalonia, which were centres of this tradition.

“There is growing condemnation of bullfighting throughout Spain, across the EU and around the world,” the statement said.

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