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Despite the ban, cockfights take place on Makar Sankranti? AWBI issued advisory

AWBI has issued an advisory to ban cockfighting.

Hyderabad: Animal Welfare Board has issued emergency advisory to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to stop cockfights during Makar Sankranti. This advisory has been issued on a complaint by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA India. PETA had complained to the Animal Welfare Board that despite a ban on cockfighting in the country, arenas have been built and cockfights are being given steroids and alcohol. Let us tell you that cockfighting is banned in the country and doing so is a punishable offence.

There is a ban on cock fighting

According to PETA, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has immediately issued a letter to the Andhra Pradesh Animal Welfare Board and the Telangana State Animal Welfare Board directing the authorities to take appropriate action under the law and submit an action taken report. Let us tell you that cockfighting is prohibited under Section 11(1) (m) (2) and (n) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. PETA India also sent letters to state police in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana urging action and offering to take the seized birds.

DGP asked officers to remain alert

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police has issued instructions to unit officers to remain alert against cockfights during Makar Sankranti. Khushboo Gupta, PETA India’s Director of Advocacy Projects, said, ‘PETA India urges anyone with knowledge of cockfighting to report it to the police. PETA India has informed the state police that it is ready to find a safe place in the sanctuary for any confiscated chickens.’

‘Chickens have accidentally killed humans too’

Let us tell you that cocks bred for fighting are often kept in tight cages and are tortured during practice. Many times their eyes get torn out during the fight, their wings and legs can get broken and even their lungs get punctured. Many times, during a fight, one or both of the cocks lose their lives. PETA said there have been incidents where cocks meant for fighting have accidentally killed humans. The organization said gambling is common during such fights. (IANS)

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