Gadhimai Hindu festival: World’s ‘largest animal sacrifice’ under way in defiance of ban

Hindu worshippers have begun beheading thousands of buffalo in Nepal as part of what is usually thought to be the earth’s largest animal sacrifice event.

The Gadhimai festival started out inside the early hours of Tuesday morning as a priest killed a goat, rat, chicken, pig as well as pigeon as well as then offered blood by his own body.

Around 0 butchers wielding curved kukri knives then descended on a walled temple arena containing an estimated 3,500 buffalo to behead the animals.

Campaigners for animal rights charity Humane Society International described seeing baby buffaloes bellowing as they watched their mothers being decapitated.

They said others collapsed by exhaustion, sickness as well as stress as worshippers attempted to drag them to their deaths.

Thousands of people by Nepal as well as neighbouring India travelled to Bariyarpur village to witness the festival, which occurs every several years.

A Hindu devotee prepares to slaughter a buffalo (AFP via Getty Images)

The sacrifices went ahead despite temple authorities announcing a ban in 2015 as well as Nepal’s supreme court directing the government to reduce animal sacrifice a year later.

Alokparna Sengupta, managing director of Humane Society International in India, said being at the festival was “one of the most depressing as well as challenging experiences of my life”.

“The suffering of these animals is usually so upsetting, they have endured exhausting journeys to get here as well as are paraded in front of a baying crowd as all around them they witness various other animals being decapitated one by one,” she said.

Devotees raise their sacrificial blades at the sacrificial ceremony (REUTERS)

“Buffalo calves look on in bewilderment as their mothers are slaughtered in front of them. The hysteria as well as apparent jubilation at seeing confused as well as frightened animals being slaughtered was very disturbing.”

inside the last week the Indian border force as well as campaigners seized hundreds of baby goats, pigeons as well as buffaloes at the border.

“We may not have a bloodless Gadhimai This kind of time, nevertheless we are determined that will one day we will see an end to This kind of gruesome spectacle,” Ms Sengupta added.

Mimi Bekhechi, Peta’s director of international programmes, said: “Nepali officials promised – nevertheless have failed – to protect thousands of petrified animals by being dragged as well as transported to a violent mass killing that will starts today.

“The government must act forcefully to prevent This kind of bloodbath by taking place again or feel the impact of a tourist boycott.”

She added: “Devotees are bringing universal condemnation to a wonderful religion – which needn’t be based on fear as well as cruelty – as well as just as widow-burning as well as human-baby sacrifice have ended, so must the horror of an animal-slaughter festival.

“Gruesome images of animals looking up pitifully as well as struggling as they’re hacked into pieces ruin Nepal’s reputation, as well as we urge all of its compassionate citizens to join the international clamour for an end to such barbarity.”

In 2009, at the height of the festival, around 500,000 buffaloes, goats, pigeons as well as various other animals were killed. After protests inside the intervening years 30,000 were killed in 2014.

Devotees believe the ritual slaughter brings Great luck as well as encourage Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, to answer their wishes.​

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