Massive slaughter of animals in Nepal banned

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Gadhimai Festival Photo of Gadhimai Festival © AWNN

We have received very good news from Nepal! The Gadhimai Jatra Festival, which takes place at the Gadhimai Temple every five years, has been canceled indefinitely! During each festival more than hundreds of thousands of animals were slaughtered within a couple of days. The Gadhimai Festival is the biggest event in the world where the largest number of animals were slaughtered as a ritual sacrifice. Worshippers are told that their wishes only come true when they sacrifice a buffalo, goat or another animal. This resulted in the death of more than 200,000 water buffaloes, goats, boars and other animals during the festival in 2009. The most recent festival took place in November 2014.

The Gadhimai Tempel Trust now decided to cancel the slaughtering of animals during future festivals. Worshippers will be asked not to bring animals to the event any more. This decision will spare the lifes of millions of animals in the following years. HSI and AWNN negotiated with the Tempel Trust to ban the festival. They also petitioned the Supreme Court in India, which prohibited the movement of animals from India to Nepal, resulting in a decrease of 70% of animals in 2014 compared to 2009. During the most recent festival in 2014 supervisors were assigned in order to prevent as much unnecessary harm as possible, and they saved a significant number of animals.

CAS International has supported the campaign of HSI and AWNN, we shared the petitions and asked our followers to sign and share them. We also asked our followers for financial support to speed up the process to put an end to the massive slaughter of animals in Gadhimai. CAS has been working to put an end to this festival for years, contacting the Ministry responsible, the Tourist Board and local organizations in the process.

CAS is very happy with the end of the massive slaughter of animals during the Gadhimai Festival in Nepal, this means a step forward towards compassion for animals. You can thank the Temple Trust for their decision to stop offering animals during the Gadhimai Festival.

We would like to thank everybody who supported the campaign to end the massive slaughter of animals during the Gadhimai Festival.

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