Kovuru, January 7

Tension mounted up in several villages following Supreme Court direction preventing recovering cocks and to seize knives used in cock fights. Will High Court Ban Stop Cock Fights?

Will cock fights continue as usual in spite of the order? This has become the hot topic in these areas currently. The High Court has categorically stopped cock fights with knives. The court said there is a wide difference between eating chicken and cock fights in its verdict given on December 26 last year.

Despite High Court ban, people are gearing up to organize cock fights with knives, by accumulating huge amounts of money.

News spread that more than Rs 900 crores was changed hands in cock fights last year in the State. Of this, more than Rs 150 crore was earned in Krishna and Guntur districts.

cock fights

Cock fight is a traditional game during Sankranti festival season in Gannavaram, Penamaluru in Vijayawada, Uyyuru, Diviseema in Krishna district, and East and West Godavari districts. The fights are also organized in other districts, but in Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts, the fights would be organized on a large scale by erecting tents. People would bet crores of rupees.

Even people’s representatives, senior officials of various departments and staff personally tie knives to cocks and organize the fights.

Cock fights are normally organized in banana, sugarcane and mango farms. People come in luxury cars, bikes to queue up to place bets on the game. The organizes arrange food, accommodation, entertainment programmes also on the occasion.

Normally children are not allowed to view the cock fights. But several people visit the place along with the family.

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