TIME8 Impact | Centre orders Assam Govt to stop Buffalo Fights in Assam during Magh Bihu

Guwahati, January 12: After the notice by the Humane Society International, India to the Assam Government, Assam Police and the Assam Tourism Development Corporation to prevent the banned the buffalo fights which were scheduled on January 14 at Ahatguri in Morigaon district from happening, now the Animal Welfare Board of Assam has directed the Assam Government to stop the animal fights in Assam and take immediate actions against offenders.

An order by the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India) to the Assam Government, Assam Police and other concerned department stated that it came to the notice of the Board through a legal notice received from Advocate Mihir Samson on behalf of Humane Society International, India stating that buffalo fights are to be organized on 14-15 January, 2018 under the aegis and in collaboration with Assam Tourism by Supreme Court of India in SL (C) No 11686 of 2007, Para 77 of the judgment dated May 7, 2017.

The order further stated that as per a judgment by the Supreme Court it was directed the person in charge or care of the animal shall not incite any animal to fight against a human being or another animal.

The order added, “The ban is very wide and is absolute. Animal fights between animals, between animals and humans, races etc. cannot be conducted. The permission granted and the conducting of such animal fights is in clear violation of the Supreme Court judgment, and in fact tantamount to contempt of court.”

The order added, “It is therefore requested that immediate action be taken to direct the concerned authorities to prevent the conduct of such illegal event as it is unlawful as per the Section 3, 11(1)(a) and 11(1) (m)(ii) of the PCA Act, 1960 and the specific directions of the Supreme Court.

The AWBI further asked the concerned departments to take necessary legal actions against all concerned for violation of the law.