The Indian Government has effectively banned bullfighting by adding bulls to a list of protected species in animal welfare legislation, the mysinchew.com news blog reports.
The Environment Ministry added bulls to a list in the Prevention of Cruelty Act 1960 which prevents their use for entertainment such as the bullfights in the Goa region, south west India.
The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations called the decision a ‘landmark ruling’.
The Goa style bullfights (dhirio) were legalised only in 2009 by the regional assembly amending the 1960 Act.
The decision outlaws also bullfighting events such as jallikattu (bull wrestling) and the rekla races held in the south.