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Indian Supreme Court bans cock-fighting

Cock fighting in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Cock fighting in Andhra Pradesh, India. Image by vijay chennupati / CC BY 2.0

The Indian Supreme Court has extended a temporary ban on the ancient sport of cock-fighting in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh while politicians debate a permanent ban.  Although widely criticised by animal rights groups, the sport has been popular with local people since the Portuguese colonial period. The ruling follows a similar ban on the sport of jallikattu, or bull-taming, in Tamil Nadu. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com