Following his legal notice, PETA sent out an apology letter to Suriya, albeit with a bit of sarcasm.
In a letter to Suriya, PETA’s CEO Poorva Joshipura, said, “If what you’re saying now is correct, please consider this a whole-hearted apology for implying that your pro-jallikattu comments might be related to the planned release of your upcoming film, S3 (now called C3).”
She added: “We know you are the founder of the 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 jallikkattu, a cruel spectacle linked to both human and bull suffering and deaths- including especially the deaths of youths like the 13-year-old boy who was gored to death in Dindigul- and thought you must have what we would consider a more acceptable intention, movie publicity.”
Poorva said further: “We support the promotion of a good film but not the promotion of cruelty to any living being , or spectacles that put animals or humans in harm’s way and thought you would feel the same way.”
She shared a link to a video on cruelties to animals taken by officials of Animal Welfare Board of India at Jallikattu events, and said, “In Singam film, you are a honest, dutiful police officer. I hope the role of this character could help you appreciate why it is so important for us to ensure the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 is honoured and upheld.”
Meanwhile, the third chapter of the blockbuster Singam franchise had already made Rs 100 crore pre-release business in the south, next best after superstar Rajinikanth, revealed film producer Gnanavelraja.