January 6, 2015
HSI India Launches National Animal Fighting Tip Line
Anyone who has information about persons involved in illegal animal fighting — such as dogfighting, cockfighting and bullfighting—is urged to report their suspicions by calling +91 7674-922044. Humane Society International/India launched the national tip line this week in an effort to crack down on the criminal and inhumane activity.
N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: "Animal fighting is a cruel, criminal activity, and we plan to root it out in every dark corner where it festers. We encourage anyone with information about animal fighting crimes to call this tip line to help us put violators in jail and to put a stop to cruelty."
Last month, HSI/India worked with local authorities to stop cockfights in Maharashtra and Orissa.
About animal fights:
- The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 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.
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