India Bans Bullfighting

Bulls have been added to the list of animals that are illegal to use for entertainment purposes in India.


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In a recent ruling, India added a new animal to the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Act of 1960: the bull. The law already protects bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, and lions. The chairman for the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, Chinny Krishna, says, “Hundreds of bulls are tortured in barbaric events like jallikattu (bull wrestling) and the dhirio (bullfighting) of Goa.” By adding bulls to the list of animals prohibited for use in entertainment purposes, the ruling effectively outlaws bullfighting, a sport which had been experiencing a revival after a politician in Goa attempted to repeal an earlier ban on the tradition. 

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