Cock-fight thriving in Aizawl

FUENTE: INDIA REPORT

16 / JUNIO / 2009

Aizawl, Cock-fight is becoming increasingly popular in Aizawl and its outskirts, much to the dislike of animal rights activists.

The fights are usually held on Saturdays near the helipad in the Zemabawk locality and at a garden at nearby Durtlang village on Sundays.

A person successfully betting on a winning cock earns double the amount of the stake, provided the owner of the cock allows other people to bet their money. When people from Kolkata and other places visit Aizawl for the purpose, the stakes are higher and so are the profits. Most of the fighter cocks available in Mizoram are imported from Myanmar where they are known as either’Asil’ or’Vang’.

Chhuana, a cock fight enthusiast, says,”Importing a’she-Vang’ from Myanmar costs Rs 10,000 including taxes paid to the military authorities and insurgent groups in the border areas, while a mixed breed in Aizawl is available at half the price.”

However the real’McCoy’, he admits, is any day better than the mixed-breeds in fighting skill.

Hminga, a owner of a fighter cock, says that a typical match usually lasts around two hours during which there are two or three intermissions.”Sometimes, the fight goes on until there is a winner and sometimes the match is declared a draw when even after three matches there is no result.”

If the owner of the cock throws down a towel out of pity for his pet cock, the match ends and the cock is declared as a loser, he says.

Lawma, 60, a resident of a locality in the extreme southern part of Aizawl, says that cock fighting and keeping fighter cocks are his hobby. He works in the jungle at day time and devotes his mornings and evenings to cock-fighting.

Cock-fight addicts usually restrict their fighting cocks from mating, prompting animal rights activists to list it as another instance of cruelty to the birds. Animal rights activist and leader of the Mizoram Peoples For Animals (PFA), C Luri, said limited resources had prevented the organisation from stopping cruelty to animals.

Last year, the sale of dog meat was stopped mainly through efforts by the PFA, but the lucrative business is back again with a kg of dog meat now fetching Rs 200 in Aizawl market.

Aizawl district SP Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said cock-fight is a clear case of cruelty against animals but they have not received any complaints regarding cock fighting matches.

~ by politicaesaccion on June 16, 2009.

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