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End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice

May 5, 2013
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Target: Government of Nepal

Goal: End mass sacrifice of animals at Nepalese temple

Every five years, the Gadhimai Jatra festival takes place in Nepal where half a million animals are brutally slain in honor of the Hindu goddess of power. Because all 500,000 animals must be slaughtered in the first two days of the festival, the participant butchers spend 48 hours massacring thousands of water buffalo, pigs, goats, chickens, and even pigeons and mice.

By the end, their disease-filled slaughterhouses are strewn with the blood and headless bodies of thousands of animals that, prior to their painful deaths, scrambled to escape the massive blades that decapitated them. The next ritual is scheduled to take place in 2014, but with help from the government of Nepal, it is possible to stop this mass slaughter before it is allowed to begin again.

While animals are killed for slaughter every day in countries around the world, this particular tradition is uniquely appalling due to the inhumane methods employed by participants of the ritual in such short periods of time. In one event, the throats of sacrifice animals are slit with knives, leaving them to die a slow, agonizing death while priests sprinkle their blood over religious idols and symbols.

In another, more than 20,000 water buffalo are penned in a yard where men wielding swords attack them until they are all maimed to death. While many animal sacrifices end quickly, these animals are hacked at the neck and legs multiple times before they even fall to ground. The largest animals are mutilated over two dozen times by machete before they are given the mercy to die.

Maneka Gandhi, an Indian politician and activist, is outspoken in her disapproval of the tradition. She has explained that many villagers refuse to end the slaughter for fear that they will dishonor the goddess of power, called Gadhimai. In addition, Gandhi explained that the festival is an incredibly profitable enterprise for priests, moneylenders, and animal sellers, who have incentive only to continue the inhumane practice out of greed.

Sadly, this despicable crime is allowed to continue in order to honor the tradition and religion of the Hindu people, even though profitable business remains the driving force behind it. Despite the fact that many Nepali residents are opposed to the violence of the Gadhimai festival, there has yet to be governmental interference to end this mass carnage once and for all. Urge the government of Nepal to illegalize the world’s largest mass sacrifice of animals.

It is not the deity
that worships blood.
It is manunkind, whose cold heart
Pumps mud.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


20 Comments leave one →
  1. Karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 5, 2013 4:28 pm

    It is not the deity
    that worships blood.
    It is manunkind, whose cold heart
    Pumps mud.

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  2. May 5, 2013 4:58 pm

    gladly signed and shared in several places how horrible to kill something in any Gods name

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  3. Animal Connection permalink
    May 5, 2013 6:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Animal Connection.

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  4. narhvalur permalink
    May 5, 2013 6:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

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  5. Christine Schmutz permalink
    May 5, 2013 9:07 pm

    sorry, petition site isn’t coming up.

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    • May 5, 2013 9:12 pm

      Hi, Christine. Please keep trying; it worked for me earlier, and I just tried again and got it. It has thus far worked for other commenters on this alert. You should get there, but it may be slow or something when you previously tried. Thank you.

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  6. May 6, 2013 11:55 am

    I have only fury and contempt for the ignorance and cruelty of these dark-age barbarians who think they will somehow benefit from the atrocities they commit against scores of beautiful, innocent animals. What kind of morons live in Nepal anyway? Is the government so stupid and cold as to allow this mass murder? IT SHOULD BE STOPPED NOW!!!! Two thousand years ago Jesus was enraged by the very same thing — the useless and cruel slaughter of countless animals in the temple. He overturned their whole set-up, threw open the cages and released all the animals. God bless him and all who would do the same.

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    • May 6, 2013 12:15 pm

      I’ve seen footage of this “event” and the images will haunt me until I die. I have only fury, too. Evil, pure evil, and nothing else. There is no excuse.

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  7. Debz Jones permalink
    May 6, 2013 1:09 pm

    DESPICABLE HUMANS CAUSE THIS VILE AND EVIL BEHAVIOUR!!!, THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THIS IN SOCIETY, STOP IT NOW!!!!!

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  8. Hélène Jadoul permalink
    May 6, 2013 2:29 pm

    The petition site isn’t coming up or not working.

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    • May 6, 2013 2:32 pm

      Please keep trying, Helene. It has responded to most people but their server could be slow at times.

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    • Hélène Jadoul permalink
      May 6, 2013 2:34 pm

      signed…

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  9. lindabadham permalink
    May 6, 2013 4:21 pm

    TRADITION SHOULD NEVER EVER INVOLVE KILLING. THOU SHALT NOT KILL ! TO CAUSE SUFFERING, FEAR,PAIN AND DEATH TO ANIMALS IS A DISGRACE TO GOD.

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