Following Tamil star Suriya's legal notice to animal rights group PETA, it has now issued a 'wholehearted' apology for allegedly implying that the actor's pro-jallikattu comments might be related to the release of his upcoming film 'Si3'.
PETA in its reply to the actor said, "We know you to be the founder of Agaram Foundation and someone who helps vulnerable children who, like vulnerable animals, need protection from harm and so we found it impossible to believe you would sincerely advocate jallikattu, a cruel spectacle linked to both human and bull suffering and deaths." The reply goes on to say, "We support the promotion of a good film but not the promotion of cruelty to any living being."
On January 20, the notice issued by the actor's lawyer had said that the 'mischievous and slanderous comments' had lowered his client's reputation and alleged that they were made with "malafide intention and ulterior motive knowing fully well that is untrue".
The notice was issued to PETA India, its India CEO and to two other office bearers.
PETA has further given the actor a link, to footage that contains 'unlawful cruelties against animalsâ€™ taken by inspectors authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India(AWBI) at jallikattu events.
The letter also describes the attributes of Suriya's character in the Singham franchise and requests him to reconsider his stance on the matter.