As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Animal Welfare Board of India: Pigeon contest banned, board out to fight for other creatures

AWBI’s co-opted member Kamna Pandey said inputs from other districts is also being collected after which the department would approach the state government to enforce the ban.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:December 29, 2015 12:45 amIn letters to the district magistrates of Lucknow, Aligarh and Faizabad, the body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests has called for statewide ban on fights involving cocks (murgabaazi) and Indian Quails (baterbaazi), terming them as “cruelty” upon the creatures.

EMBOLDENED BY its efforts to successfully get banned the age-old kabootarbaazi (pigeon contest) in Agra, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has now set out to invoke similar prohibitions on fights involving other birds and animals organised as local sports.

In letters to the district magistrates of Lucknow, Aligarh and Faizabad, the body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests has called for statewide ban on fights involving cocks (murgabaazi) and Indian Quails (baterbaazi), terming them as “cruelty” upon the creatures.


AWBI’s co-opted member Kamna Pandey said inputs from other districts is also being collected after which the department would approach the state government to enforce the ban.

In both the contests that the AWBI has cited as examples of “cruelty”, small spears are tied to the birds’ feet with training imparted to them to kill their opponents. A common affair during the Nawabi era, such contests are still prevalent in some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

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