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SC upholds ban on rooster fights

SC upholds ban on rooster fights
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Thousands of cock fighting enthusiasts and cock trainers in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh were disappointed as the Supreme Court has directed status quo on the ban of cockfights ( fight between trained roosters ) imposed by the High court at Hyderabad.

No cockfights this Sankranthi

HYDERABAD:Thousands of cock fighting enthusiasts and cock trainers in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh were disappointed as the Supreme Court has directed status quo on the ban of cockfights ( fight between trained roosters ) imposed by the High court at Hyderabad.

In December last year, the High Court at Hyderabad disallowed the practice of cockfighting in the districts of Andhra Pradesh and asked the District Collectors and Superintendent of Police to strictly ensure no such events take place.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on Monday ordered status quo on the ban imposed by the High Court regarding cock fights,Accordingly the Animal welfare Board of India has written to DGP of AP to ensure that the high court order and Supreme court granting status quo are honored .

However, the petitioner Raghukrishnam Raju said that the High Court has been asked to review its order in the light of an earlier Judgment of the Supreme Court dated 7.5.2014 of the Supreme Court of India in Animal Welfare Board of India v. A. Nagaraja & Ors SLP (C) No. 11686 of 2007, which bans all animal fights, races and so forth.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of Humane Society International these animals are forced to fight with their legs tied to sharp objects such as blades, razors or knives to ensure serious injury and the death and fight is quick , but give hilarious and derisive pleasure for onlookers .

Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing in coastal Andhra for the annual fete of cockfights and betting as part of the Sankranthi celebrations .The cash rich coastal farmers with their friends, relatives and families congregate for cock fights which is the star attraction of the festivities and celebrations .Crores of rupees change hand in the betting associated with cock fight, say local politicians ..

Incidentally last year the police arrested 140 persons and about 35 fighter- roosters and after a 42 day long court trial had to let them off with fines .West Godavari police also made a claim for feeding the roosters while in police cell for 21 days , say local police ..

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