Hyderabad, India – High Court bans cockfighting during the Makar Sankranti Hindu festival


Posted on the 3rd of January 2018

Hyderabad, India – High Court bans cockfighting during the Makar Sankranti Hindu festival

The Hyderabad High Court has issued a ban on cockfighting during the 3 day Hindu festival commencing on the 14th of January because such events involve cruelty to animals. While some of the celebrations that take place during the festival include; Kite flying, bonfires, fairs, surya puja in river, feast, arts, dance, and socialization, a large number of people gamble on cockfighting events, betting between Rs 1 crore and Rs 15 crore on each cockfight. Adding to the sheer cruelty of these events is the fact that the roosters are typically fitted with razor sharp blades on their legs and fight to the death or until one of the roosters backs out. While a greater police presence will be on the lookout for persons who organize and participate in these illegal events, there is no guarantee that a larger police presence will make any significant difference in the larger scope of things.

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