HC seeks explanation from authorities on illegal bullfights

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Panaji, Aug 2 (UNI) Taking cognisance of reports of illegal bullfights in South Goa suo motu Panjim bench of Bombay High Court has issued notices to the authorities seeking explanation as to what action was being taken against the organisers.

The bench had yesterday treated a media report on the illegal activity as a writ petition and served notices on the Director of Panchayat and deputy superintendent of police.

The court had also directed the Benaulim panchayat sarpanch as to why it was allowing bullfights.

It might be recalled that bullfights had been banned in the country under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

But it had become a regular practice in Goa, particularly South Goa where high betting was encouraged to provide entertainment.

Interestingly, Francisco Sardinha, who had been recently elected member of parliament from South Goa, vowed to introduce a private members' bill in Lok Sabha allowing bullfights.

He openly said it was his utmost priority as bullfights provide entertainment to people in an international tourist destination like Goa. He also questioned why the authorities had been allowing boxing championships where participants were badly mauled and sometimes maimed.

But he asserted that the injured animals would be medically treated on a war-footing with due care taken at the site of fights.

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