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December 11, 2014

Government of Maharashtra Urged to Stop Illegal Cockfighting in Thane District

Humane Society International/India

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In a letter sent to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Collector of Thane, Humane Society International/India is urging the government to end cockfighting in that state. The request was in response to an illegal cockfighting event scheduled to be held in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra on Jan. 2, 2015.

Alokparna Sengupta, deputy director for HSI/India, said: “Cockfighting is nothing but a cruel gambling event at the expense of the lives of the roosters. It involves immense cruelty that severely injures both birds, resulting in death. We urge the state government to prevent and punish the organizers of this event to set an example for any such future events.” 

HSI is working to ensure that people who conduct this illegal and cruel practice of cockfighting are prosecuted everywhere in India.

Read the letter


  • In a cockfight, two roosters are often fitted with razor-sharp blades on their legs and made to fight each other to the death while people place bets. Cockfighters let the birds suffer untreated injuries or throw the birds away like trash afterwards.
  • The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 clearly makes it a cognizable offense for any person who incites any animal to fight or organizes animal fights.
  • The Hon’ble High Court of Bombay prohibited animal fighting in 1996 in its decision to the People for Animals vs State of Goa case. On May 7, 2014, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed an order prohibiting all animal races and fights. That same month, the High Court of Madras in the S. Kannan vs Commissioner of Police case declined permission for a cockfighting event in a temple festival and suggested the prohibition of cockfights in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee; nmukherjee@hsi.org, 91-9985472760

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