13/01/2016 11:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Gauhati HC Says No To 400-Year-Old Bulbul Fight

Spectators watch as two bulbuls fight during a traditional bird fight on the occasion of Assamese harvest festival “Bhogali Bihu” in Hajo, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Gauhati, India, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

NEW DELHI -- The Gauhati High Court has issued order staying the 400-year-old Bulbul fight at Hajo in Kamrup district which is being organized during Bhogali Bihu.

Hearing a petition filed by the Animal Welfare Board, Justice Rumi Kumari Phukan stayed the fight till 20 January.

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The petition was filed challenging the earlier order of the Gauhati High Court which last year said that the centuries old Bulbul fight to be continued at Hajo.

According to a Humane Society International press release, bulbuls are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and are reportedly captured from the wild by villagers who then train them by intoxicating their food with marijuana and starve the bird a night before the fight.

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