Tag: animal sports
By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar) Animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. -James Anthony Froude In the previous posts we have addressed the legality of animal sports in India and worldwide with a special focus on bull racing. In this final part of the 3 series article Sakshi Pawar has analyzed the legality and impact of dog racing and cockfighting in India. It is time to act against the cruelty of animal sports with the same passion with which we support sports in general.
Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar) “The time will come when men such as I, will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci In the previous post it was explained why despite several state enactments, bull racing events were unconstitutional and illegal in India. This article by Sakshi Pawar (Part II of the series discussing a ban on all animal sports) touches upon bull racing/bullfighting events that occur all around the world, especially in Spain and Brazil. The reasons for choosing Spain and Brazil as comparative case studies is that both situations involve a conflict between culture and prevention of animal cruelty as well as the question of state autonomy clashing with the central legislature. These aspects are similar to the questions of legality raised regarding bull racing in India (AWBI v. A Nagaraja case).
By Sakshi Pawar (Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar) “The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” – Bentham In 2014, the Supreme Court of India delivered the judgement of AWBI v A. Nagaraja which banned all bullock races in India on account of cruelty towards animals. The judgment left no stone unturned to ensure “Species Best Interest” and laid down the very fundamentals of animal rights jurisprudence in India. Despite its ironclad judgment which struck down all legislation permitting bullock races, states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka have enacted unconstitutional laws in an attempt to continue this traditional sport. This article by Sakshi Pawar which analyses the illegality of these races (the judgement and their subsequent questionable legalisation), is one in a three-part series which advocates the banning of cruelty in animal sports all across the world.