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August 4, 2015

Tip-line Launched to Combat Animal Fighting in Goa

Humane Society International/India asks anyone who has information about animal fighting events can call +91 7674-922044

Humane Society International/India

  • Rachel H Walker

Locals will now be able to anonymously report incidents of animal fighting organized illegally in Goa thanks to a tip-line launched by Humane Society international/India. HSI/India launched the tip line in the wake of a recent arrest made by the Anjuna police of a Pilerne local for arranging illegal bullfights at Nagoa, Goa.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: "Bullfighting is a cruel, criminal activity, and bulls undergo immense physical pain and psychological stress during these bloody events. Even if bullfighting has been used as entertainment in the past, there is no argument for continuing this cruel and outdated practice. We encourage anyone with information about bullfighting, or any other animal fighting, to call this tip line to help us put violators in jail and put a stop to this cruelty."

Animal fights are a violation of Central laws as well as several judgments of the courts in India. The Hon’ble High Court of Bombay prohibited animal fighting in 1996 by upholding the provisions of Section 11(1) (m) (ii) and (n) in a People for Animals vs State of Goa case. On May 7th, 2014, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed an order prohibiting all animal races and fights thereby directing the Animal Welfare Board of India and the government to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering to animals and ensure that no animals are incited to fight against a human being or another animal. That same month, the High Court of Madras in the S. Kannan vs Commissioner of Police case declined permission to a cockfighting event in a temple festival and suggested the prohibition of cockfights in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Facts:

  • In 2014, following a petition filed against cockfighting, the Bombay High Court reiterated the ban on cockfighting in the State of Maharashtra
  • In 2015, after HSI/India’s intervention, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India ruled against a petition to lift the ban on cockfighting in Andhra Pradesh
  • Following HSI/India’s intervention, the State Government of Assam directed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts and the Commissioner of Guwahati to ensure that no animal fight events are organized, especially buffalo fights and bulbul fights

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

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