Panaji – Goa Government has issued a press communiqué stating that Dhirio ,as the bullfight is locally known are prohibited in the state and violators will be liable for criminal action.
The State Government released press communiqué states- once again pursuant to the High Court Judgment in writ petition no. 347/1996 has directed that all types of animals fights including Bull fights/Dhirios are prohibited in the State of Goa and if any person violating the above order passed by the High Court shall be liable for criminal action as per law.
The High Court of Bombay at Goa while disposing off the writ petition no. 347/1996 had observed that the Bull fights or Dhirios are in contravention of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1968, and therefore, illegal and cannot be permitted to be organized and are prohibited in the State.
Until 1998, Dhirio was weekend entertainment staple for most villages in Goa. Bull fights had been banned by Bombay high court at Goa in 1998 in a petition filed by People for Animals, alleging cruelty to animals. The Supreme Court had also upheld the order.
But activists allege that dhirios are being held in remote areas with tacit support from politicians and police. Sources say that Dhirio lovers are informed about the event through SMS or Whattsapp messages. Spectators are enthralled in various remote parts of Goa for close to two hours, the police mysteriously do not get a whiff of it until the fight is almost over allege activists.