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January 12, 2015

Supreme Court Maintains Status Quo on Ban on Cockfighting in Andhra Pradesh

Cockfighting continues to be illegal

Humane Society International/India

  • Alokparna Sengupta/HSI

The Supreme Court of India, on Monday, maintained the status quo to the prohibition on cockfighting in Andhra Pradesh against a petition filed to lift the ban on the same. Humane Society International/India representative Gauri Maulekhi had intervened in the Supreme Court case to fight against the petition.

Cockfighting has been prevalent in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh during the harvest festival of Sankranti where betting and gambling worth more than 500 crores takes place.The Supreme Court has sustained the effect of the ban as ruled by the High Court for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh.
In December last year, the High Court at Hyderabad disallowed the practice of cockfighting in the districts of Andhra Pradesh and asked the District Collectors and Superintendent of Police to ensure no such events take place.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: “We are delighted that the Supreme Court has reiterated that these cruel practices are against the law and should not be conducted under the garb of tradition. These events are nothing but gambling events where crores of rupees are bet on the lives of these roosters. These animals are forced to fight with each other until the other animal is either critically injured or dead. Their legs are usually tied to sharp objects such as blades, razors or knives so the injury is greater and the fight is finished quickly.”

Gauri Maulekhi, HSI/India representative who intervened in the Supreme Court case to oppose the petition said: “We expect and hope that the Government of Andhra Pradesh implements the Supreme Court’s order in letter and spirit, and that anybody who involves themselves in such illegal activities are booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.”

HSI/India is working to ensure that people who conduct this illegal and cruel practice of animal fighting are prosecuted everywhere in India. It has launched a tip line for any information on cockfighting which can be reported by calling +917674922044. They have recently been successful in stopping illegal cockfights in many parts of India, including Odisha and Maharashtra, and have urged Assam to stop its buffalo and bulbul fights too.

Media Contact: NavamitaMukherjee; nmukherjee@hsi.org, +919985472760

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