Cockfighters filed public interest litigation in Madras High Court

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AWBI impleaded on plea to permit cockfight

By Express News Service
Published: 13th April 2017 02:29 AM
Last Updated: 13th April 2017 05:15 AM

CHENNAI: A PIL has been filed at the Madras High Court for a directive to the Coimbatore administration to permit cockfight in Alandurai. The first Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, before which the PIL from VM Kadirvel, president, Veera Vilayattu Sangam, came up on Wednesday, impleaded the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest as party-respondents in the case and adjourned the matter till April 19. The petitioner challenged the order of the police inspector, Alandurai, refusing permission to allow cock fight from April 5 to April 9 in the village. The police refused permission stating that the organiser was organising the cockfight for gambling and not as a cultural event. Though the Sangam had given every undertaking that there would be no gambling and no law and order problem would arise, the permission was rejected, the petitioner contended.

PIL moved in Madras HC for allowing cock, goat fight in TN

17 APRIL 2017  Last Updated at 11:50 PM

Madurai, Apr 17 The Madras High Court’s Bench here today sought the Tamil Nadu government’s reply to a PIL for allowing cock and goat fight by amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act like it was done in the case of ‘jallikattu’ (bull taming) sport

Madurai, Apr 17 The Madras High Court’s Bench here today sought the Tamil Nadu government’s reply to a PIL for allowing cock and goat fight by amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act like it was done in the case of ‘jallikattu’ (bull taming) sport.

The bench comprising Justice A Selvam and Justice N Athinathan ordered the state government to file its counter affidavit by July 18 when the court will hear the matter.

Petitioner Chinnan of Usilampatti in the district submitted that like jallikattu, cock fighting and goat fighting were also traditional sports of the state.

When jallikattu had been allowed by an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it was possible to permit cock fight as well by taking similar action, he contended.

The state Assembly had amended the Act after a massive protest by public, largely students, at Marina Beach in Chennai and similar agitations in other places in January last, demanding the conduct of jallikattu.

PIL in Madras HC seeks amendment to PCA Act for conduct of cockfight

L Saravanan | TNN | Apr 17, 2017, 08.20 PM IST

MADURAI: A public interest litigation has been filed in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court seeking a direction to the chief secretary to bring amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for the conduct of goat fight (kida muttu) and cockfight (seval sandai) in Tamil Nadu.

G Chinnan from Usilampatti filed the PIL, on which the division bench headed by Justice A Selvam on Monday ordered notice to the chief secretary.

Chinnan said police had denied permission to the Tamil Nadu Parampariya Veera Vilayattu Jallikattu and the Kidamuttu Sangam to hold a goat fight event recently stating that it was against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

He said the state government had enacted the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017 and restored the jallikattu event. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act permits killing of animals for religious event and permission was not required for that, he said.

Goat fight and cockfight are traditional events. Hence, it was necessary to bring amendment to the Act to restore the events, the petitioner said.

Plea to amend PCA for permitting ram, cock fights

MADURAI APRIL 18, 2017 00:00 IST
UPDATED: APRIL 18, 2017 04:00 IST

A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here seeking a direction to the State government to bring another State amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as it had done recently for exempting jallikattu from the purview of the legislation, and permit Kida Muttu (ram fight) and Seval Sandai (cock fight) in the State.

Justices A. Selvam and N. Authinathan ordered notice to the government and adjourned further hearing of the case to July 18.

G. Chinnan (36) of Nattarmangalam in Usilampatti Taluk had filed the petition on the ground that such “sporting activities” and the breeds involved in them would get extinct if permission was not granted by the officials.

No uniformity

The petitioner pointed out that there was no uniformity among police officials in the State in granting permission for such events as they were being permitted in some districts but not allowed in some others.

Claiming that the events had nothing to do with gambling, the petitioner stated that they were conducted purely to take pride in owning strong rams and cocks.

PIL seeks amendment to PCA Act to enable goat and cock fights

TNN | Updated: Apr 18, 2017, 12.49 AM IST

Madurai: A petition has been filed at the Madras high court Madurai bench seeking a direction to the state’s chief secretary to bring an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act enabling to hold goat fight (kidamuttu) and cock fight(sevalsandai) in the state.

On this petition, the division bench headed by Justice A Selvam on Monday ordered notice to the chief secretary.

One G Chinnan from Usilampatti filed the public interest litigation. Claiming that he is an organiser of Tamil Nadu Parampariya veera vilayattu jallikattu and kidamuttu sangam, he said that the sangam decided to hold a goat fight event on February 25 this year. When the sangam had sought police permission, it was denied the same saying that the event was against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The event is not conducted for profit and no harassment of the goats takes place. Certificates are also given to the winning goats. Besides, police in Virudhunagar and Dindigul districts allowed similar events there, the petitioner said.

He also said that when there was a problem to hold jallikattu in the state, various protests took place in the state supporting the issue. The state government then enacted a legislation to ‘The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017 and restored the event. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act itself permits to kill animal for religious event. The sangam did not want permission to kill the animals but to allow goat and cock fights, which are traditional events.

Seeking to bring amendment to the Act, a representation was sent to the chief minister and chief secretary on March 8 last. But, there was no action on their part. Hence, it was necessary to issue a direction to the secretary to bring an amendment to the Act to restore the goat and cock fights, he said.




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