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August 11, 2015

Animal fighting tip-line launched in Himachal Pradesh

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

Humane Society International/India

  • Alokparna Sengupta/HSI

In a move to counter incidents of animal fighting organized in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Humane Society International/India has launched a tip line that will enable locals to anonymously report incidents of animal fighting. The launch comes after a recent order passed by the Hon’ble of High Court of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla.The judgment reiterated the Supreme Court’s ban on animal fighting.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: "Animal fighting is a cruel, criminal activity and animals undergo immense physical pain and psychological stress during these bloody events. Further, the sole intent of organizing these activities is the illegal betting on animals that goes around during the events. Through this tip-line, we can plan to root out animal fighting from every dark corner where it festers. We encourage anyone with information about animal fighting to call this tip line, help us put violators in jail and put a stop to this cruelty."

Animal fights are a violation of laws as well as several judgments of the courts in India.Section 11(1) (m) (ii) and (n)of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, make participation in and conducting of animal fights a punishable offence. On May 7th, 2014, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed an order in the case of AWBI vs. Nagaraja & Ors, prohibiting all animal races and fights and has directed the government as well as the AWBI 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.The Apex Court has also placed special emphasis on the duty of persons having charge of animals, as per the Section 3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.


  • In 2014, following a petition filed against cockfighting, the Bombay High Court reiterated the ban on cockfighting in the State of Maharashtra
  • In 2014, the High Court of Madras in the S. Kannan vs Commissioner of Police declined permission to a cockfighting event in a temple festival and suggested the prohibition of cockfights in the state of Tamil Nadu
  • 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, theState 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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