Cockfighting popular in Andhra Pradesh despite ban

Illegal cockfighting in Andhra Pradesh is as popular as ever, despite a court order stopping the blood-sport, local media reports.

Cockfighting, a sport involving two roosters pitted against each other, is banned under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960, and the Andhra Pradesh Gaming Act, 1974.

Recently, BJP leader K Raghu Ramakrishna Raju said the ban was “unconstitutional”, arguing it infringed on an individual’s freedom to pursue a ‘sport’ of their choice.

However, last month, the Hyderabad High Court made the decision to uphold the ban on cockfighting in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Despite this, the sport is still alive and well, with the buy and sale of fighting roosters on certain platforms still rampant.