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January 21, 2016

BJP and Congress Veterans Oppose Bullfighting in Goa

Shri Manmohan Singh and Shri L K Advani have written to the Government against reviving bullfighting in Goa

Humane Society International/India

Veteran Bhartiya Janata Party leader Shri L.K. Advani and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have expressed concerns over the Government of Goa’s interest in resuming bullfighting in the state and have urged them not to legalize this practice. Their actions were in response to a plea from Humane Society International/India.

HSI has campaigned against bullfighting in Goa since last year, when they sent letters to the BJP National Executive Committee bringing awareness to the cruelty.

Last month, HSI launched the #KeepTheBanOnBullfightingInGoa campaign that collected more than 8,000 signatures in the span of seven days in opposition to the government’s stand on the issue. Amidst the collective frenzy and public outcry around bullfighting, bull racing and cockfighting events practiced during the festival season, HSI believes that a positive response from political leaders can provide impetus against any kind of animal fighting.

Shreya Paropkari, cruelty response manager for HSI/India, said, “We are immensely gratified to receive the approval of the party leader and former prime minister and thank them for urging the government of Goa not to legalize bullfighting. These leaders, with their unique position in power, can help us in stopping this illegal, cruel and criminal activity. We hope to receive support from many more leaders in dissuading the government in their plan to legalize bullfighting in the state.”

Since 2015, HSI has been closely working with animal welfare organizations, volunteers and supporters to end the move to legalize bullfighting in Goa. The animal protection organization received the support of thousands of online and offline signatures for a petition and postcards from the general public and students urging the government not to support the cruel practice. The petition also received support from Alliance Anticorrida, a French anti-bullfighting alliance.


  • Dhirio is the colloquial term for bullfights, a cruel form of entertainment that involves forcing two bulls to fight each other until only one remains standing or both animals are grievously wounded.
  • Bullfighting, and any other form of animal fighting, is prohibited by section 11(1)(m)(ii) & (n) the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
  • The Hon’ble High Court of Bombay (Panjim Branch) prohibited animal fighting in 1997 in the case: People for Animals vs State of Goa.
  • 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. The High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, in 2014, directed strict prevention of cockfights. This decision provided the status quo by the Supreme Court the following month.
  • In October 2015, People for Animals in Goa filed a contempt petition in the high court against Goa’s chief minister and all other top government officials for encouraging banned bull fights, following a bullfighting event organized on Sept. 20th at Paliem-Harmal in Parsekar’s Mandrem constituency for the Chovoth festival.

Media contact: Navamita Mukherjee, +91 9985472760,  nmukherjee@hsi.org


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