The Supreme Court of India recently banned the use of bulls in any type of performance, including races, bullfights and jallikattu, an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. Any violation of this ban is officially punishable under the Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals Act. Now, in another pro-animal move by the high court, you can add cockfighting, dogfighting and other such cruelties to that list of banned activities.
Even though it is illegal under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, cockfighting still takes place in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, and dogfighting still occurs in Haryana and Punjab. Cockfighting and dogfighting are both cruel acts that use animals for human entertainment without regard for their safety. At the end of each fight, one or more animals are usually seriously injured or dead.
The Supreme Court order directs the AWBI and state governments to protect the “five freedoms” of animals: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom from fear and distress and freedom to express normal behavior. It also orders that both “take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on the animals” and directs the AWBI to make sure that those who are caring for animals not participate in the encouragement of fighting against other animals or human beings.
You can help support India in their progressive stance on animal abuse by reporting any cockfighting or dogfighting to WhistleBlower@petaindia.org.
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