The Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgement confirming that inciting animals to fight is illegal and in violation of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. But cockfights are still organised in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and elsewhere.
Taking it upon herself ban the same, badminton champion, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and Arjuna Award winner Jwala Gutta is eager to drive home the message against cockfighting with an ad campaign for PETA.
Gutta will be dress like an injured rooster lying in a pool of blood inside a cockfighting ring, with a sign that will read, ‘Try to Relate to Their Fate. Say No to Cockfighting’.
“I choose to battle it out on the court, but roosters used in cockfights have no choice. Everyone knows that cockfighting causes injuries, suffering and distress for birds as well as a very painful death. If it will help PETA send the message that no one should support cockfights, then I’m ready to take up the cause,” said Gutta.