Animal sacrifice banned in Nepal, thousands of bison killed



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Animal sacrifice banned in Nepal, thousands of bison killed



BEFORE less than five years ago, animal rights organizations announced the news of a ban on animal sacrifice at a Nepalese religious festival, known as “the bloodiest festival in the world.”

But today, the Gadhimai Festival has started in that country, and participants have already started sacrificing goats, rats, chickens, pigs and pigeons. According to animal rights activists who traveled to a remote corner of Nepal just for the sake of this festival, several thousand buffaloes were killed afterwards.



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200,000 animals killed

Although the Gadhimai festival may still be held, ritual sacrifice of animals has been banned since 2015, the BBC reports.

During the last festival that allowed the sacrifice in 2014, some 200,000 animals were killed.

This Nepalese festival tradition is about 250 years old and allegedly started by a priest who was told in a dream that spilled blood would encourage Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, to release him from prison.

With this idea, hundreds of thousands of believers from India and Nepal travel to her temple to seize the opportunity as they see fit.

“I had four sisters. Eight years ago I asked for a brother and the goddess blessed us with it,” said Priyanka Yadav of Janakpur.

Activists nevertheless optimistic

However, animal rights activists argue that such a tradition is extremely cruel to animals.

Despite the fact that the festival's participants have already begun their sacrifice, animal rights activists still hope that festival organizers and believers will hear their message. Thus, The Humane Society India announced that its director Alokparna Sengupta had directly called the chief priest of the temple.

He allegedly denied and denied all her objections, but some festival participants told reporters that they would not sacrifice any animals this year; which for activists means things are changing for the better.

“The temple committee appears to be shaken by the campaign of activists as well as government bans. We believe that the number of animals sacrificed will gradually decrease,” said Amruta Ubale of Animal Equality India.

Animal sacrifice banned in Nepal, thousands of bison killed

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