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High Court upheld the ban on cock fighting

In a severe setback to those involves in cockfighting gambling, the High Court at Hyderabad today upheld the ban on cockfighting and extended the ban on cockfights wholly and not just during the Sankranti festival in January. It has directed governments of two Telugu states to ensure no cockfights take place during the Sankranti festival.

The court passed the orders on petitions filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, Humane Society International/India, People for Animals and other organisations. The petitioners brought to the notice of the court that cockfighting was being conducted every year on Sankranti on January 14 in violation of the ban on the practice and despite court orders passed in the past.

Welcoming the order, N.G. Jayasimha, member of the Animal Welfare Board of India who is also the Managing Director of Humane Society International/India said that they are delighted that the Hyderabad High Court has upheld the ban on cockfighting.

He deplored that cockfighting is not only cruel to animals but also encourages gambling and child labour. “A practice that glorifies so many illegal activities should have no place in a civilised society,” he added.

Gauri Maulekhi, the government affairs liaison officer for HSI/India, the implead petitioner in the case, hoped that the state governments would strictly implement the court orders and bring to book those organising the cockfights.

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