Hyderabad, Jan 13 (Hydnow): Following a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, that despite a ban on cockfighting in the country, arenas have been set up and steroids and alcohol administered to roosters,
The Central government statutory body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) swiftly issued a letter to the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Animal Welfare Boards to direct authorities to take appropriate actions under the law and furnish an action taken report. Cockfighting is prohibited under Sections 11(1)(m)(ii) and (n) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
PETA India also fired letters to both the Telugu states urging action and offering to take in seized birds. The Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police has issued instructions to unit officers to be vigilant and to take action against cockfighting during Makar Sankranti.
PETA India urges everyone who learns about a cockfight to report it to the police,” says PETA India director of Advocacy Projects Khushboo gupta. PETA India has informed state police that it stands ready to find a safe home at a sanctuary for any seized roosters.
Roosters raised for fighting are often kept in cramped cages and tormented in practice fights. their eyes may be gouged out, their wings and legs broken, their lungs punctured or their spinal cord severed. In fights, one or both birds may die and both are often critically injured. At these events, roosters who are fitted with blades for cockfighting have accidentally killed humans and gambling is common. (Hydnow)
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