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Supreme Court of India Intervenes to Save Thousands of Animals from Nepal’s Brutal Gadhimai Festival Sacrifice

October 29, 2014
by
Manoj Gautam/Animal Welfare Network Nepal

Manoj Gautam/Animal Welfare Network Nepal

Source HSI/India

The Supreme Court of India passed an interim order directing the Union of India to prevent the illegal movement of animals across the border from India to Nepal, to be sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival, scheduled to be held on 28-29 November. Approximately 70 percent of the animals to be sacrificed at the festival will come from India, so the immediate implementation of this order could have a significant impact on the event, even leading to the entire sacrifice being abandoned.

The animal movements are in violation of the Export-Import Policy of India and the Foreign Trade Act (Development and Regulation) Act 1992, which categorically places live cattle and buffalo in the restricted export category, requiring a license to legally export them. This rule is being openly flouted as the majority of animals are transported illegally across the border without an export license. The Court’s order was passed in direct response to an urgent petition submitted by Smt. Gauri Maulekhi, consultant to Humane Society International/India and Trustee of People for Animals.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of Humane Society International/India, said: “The Gadhimai Festival’s massacre of innocent animals is an unholy bloodbath that has no place whatsoever in religion. This mass slaughter of animals is not part of Hinduism and has been thoroughly and rightly rejected by the Hindu Council of Britain. The Supreme Court of India’s order offers a vital lifeline to the hundreds of thousands of animals being illegally taken across the border to be killed, and there is every chance that with this action we can prevent the killing going ahead this year. In a modern, civilised society we cannot continue to sanction the death of animals in the name of religion.”

The Festival is held in Nepal every five years and involves the barbaric ritual sacrifice of 500,000 animals including water buffalo, sheep, pigs, rats, pigeons and chickens over a two day period. The animals are killed in front of each other, using blunt knives and swords to cut their throats.

Justice Kehar of the Supreme Court of India observed that the sacrifice of animals at the Gadhimai Festival was “demeaning and cruel” and that such brutal treatment must not be meted out on India’s animals, referring to the fact that 70 percent of the animals sacrificed at the festival come from India.

The Court notice affects the Union of India and the four border States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, from where a majority of the animals are transported illegally.

Media Contact:
Navamita Mukherjee: +919985472760, nmukherjee@hsi.org




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our species dares to consider itself
superior…
in the ways that matter we
are the most
inferior.
to harm our animal
brothers
in this or any other
way…
our species
SUCKS
and that is
all that is printable
that i can say 😦

bless the court who spoke up for the voiceless, and all others that do so also!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2014 8:00 am

    These are barbaric thoughtless pagan sacrifices for no reason at all… But this does not happen only in Nepal!
    I have asked myself many times what can bring the man to do such aberrations… wanting to give a connotation “religious” to justify the act, it is still more for debauchees.
    We should prevent it from conducting the festival, with death penalty for those who do not observe the ban!
    And of course, this applies to any kind of cowardly act of barbarism against animals all over our planet!

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    • October 29, 2014 9:24 am

      I will never understand how anyone could inflict such pain and suffering on other, innocent beings. it’s nothing but savage and barbaric, a “ritual” steeped in blood and sadism. And anywhere such is committed is wrong and contrary to any decency and respect, I agree. I hate this – this is not justification, this is an excuse. But why anyone would want to participate escapes me. Those beautiful creatures deserve peace. Thank you, dearest Claudine.

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      • October 29, 2014 9:37 am

        One thing is certain, my dear Stacey, our earthly journey though singular… allows us to acquire merits… it is a promise to my Mind, in the next life I want to have the ability to change these things!
        Right now I’m just a little woman, who writes, unpretentious, but who knows…
        And then it will be War to all humans whom will do any arm to a defenseless animal!

        Liked by 1 person

        • October 29, 2014 11:33 am

          I love your commitment and compassion, dearest Claudine, and even one voice can make a big difference!

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  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 29, 2014 10:14 am

    our species dares to consider itself
    superior…
    in the ways that matter we
    are the most
    inferior.
    to harm our animal
    brothers
    in this or any other
    way…
    our species
    SUCKS
    and that is
    all that is printable
    that i can say😦

    bless the court who spoke up for the voiceless, and all others that do so also!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Audrey Stickler permalink
    October 29, 2014 10:57 am

    i want see that banned and illegal and make animal cruelty a felony. this is horrible treatment of these animals. so do something to banned this this is so wrong it makes it sound like an occult. and devil. that what it looks like to me. i want see this shut down and banned and illegal.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 29, 2014 11:34 am

      It is very satanistic, isn’t it? I agree, Audrey, thank you.

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  4. October 29, 2014 11:19 am

    A sincere “Thank-you” to the Indian Supreme Court. The fact that this EVER went on is deplorable!
    I am constantly appalled by the treatment of animals by man. Nothing but a disgrace.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. October 29, 2014 8:05 pm

    Reblogged this on WORD WARRIOR DAVIES-TIGHT and commented:
    It’s a happy day for those who were destined for horrific slaughter. Thank you to India. You made a just, compassionate decision!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. October 30, 2014 9:57 am

    I read that a quarter of a million animals in Nepal were to be slaughtered for religious reasons. That’s doing horrific evil in the name of God. So then religion looks extremely evil to me. Don’t follow religion anymore. Just look what it does. And do what you can to prevent all those animals from being murdered off on the sly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 30, 2014 12:51 pm

      It’s incredible how much evil has been committed in the name of religion. Thanks, Joan.

      Like

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