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Nepal Temple Bans Animal Sacrifices as Offerings

August 24, 2015


Note: While this is an important and imperative change, saving countless innocent lives from misery, suffering, torture, and murder, please remember that 60 BILLION other innocent lives are maliciously, needlessly, and cruelly stolen for food every year. Please go vegan for ALL animals. SL

Source Ecorazzi
By Natalia Lima

A Hindu temple in Nepal has banned the sacrifice of animals as offerings at the traditional Gadhimai festival.

Taking place every five years for two and a half centuries at the Gadhimai Temple in Nepal, the festival brings in thousands of pilgrims that slaughter animals in hopes it will bring them well-being and prosperity. This year, however, the temple has put a stop to the needless killing.

“For generations, pilgrims have sacrificed animals to the Goddess Gadhimai, in the hope of a better life,” said Ram Chandra Shah, chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust. “The time has come to replace killing and violence with peaceful worship and celebration.”

In 2009, approximately 500,000 buffalos, goats, chickens and other animals were sacrificed for the festival.

The temple stated is was “motivated” by animal rights advocates who made their disagreement with the practice very clear to them.

In 2014, animal rights activists petitioned the Supreme Court of India, where many pilgrims come from, to stop allowing the export of animals from the country into Nepal for slaughter at the festival. The court, which banned animal sacrifices within the country that year, then ordered the government to stop the export of all animals without a license and as a result, the number of animals killed at the festival was significantly lower than years before.

The goal for the next festival in 2019 is to bring that number to zero.

“This is a tremendous victory for compassion that will save the lives of countless animals,” said Gauri Maulekhi, a consultant for the Indian office of Humane Society International. “We commend the temple committee but acknowledge that a huge task lies ahead of us in educating the public so that they are fully aware.”

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we are all brothers
but of different skin
some of fur, feathers.
others of fins.
but together
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equality must shine
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2015 5:13 am


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  2. Diane permalink
    August 24, 2015 5:17 am

    I am happy to hear this news, but as you say, the education carries on, I am Vegan, and happy about it, I do believe that we have no right to eat animals.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 24, 2015 6:37 am

    we are all brothers
    but of different skin
    some of fur, feathers.
    others of fins.
    but together
    we dwell
    under the
    brightest sun.
    equality must shine
    for everyone!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. J. David Scott permalink
    August 24, 2015 6:42 am

    Wonderful news!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Diane permalink
      August 24, 2015 6:58 am

      Thanks for your e-0mail, that’s exactly what I did years ago, cant bear the thought of an animal dying for me, we have no right.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Thisby permalink
    August 31, 2015 4:42 am

    I have a feeling an important factor that led to this decision to ban the animal sacrifices is the human death toll and distruction from the Nepal earthquake. The animal sacrifices did not bring about peace and prosperity, so the Nepalese people realize that that wasn’t the answer. Yes, the advocacy from animal welfare/rights groups was also critically important. I regularly took part in the Tweetstorms against those sacrifices, but I think the earthquake was really the catalyst for change. Of course, I don’t care what led to the change; I am just happy Nepal has now banned the sacrifices! Yes, Stacey, what will it take to end the killing of all animals? Vegan for life.


    • Diane permalink
      August 31, 2015 4:57 am

      Pity that they have to learn the hard way, when its the right thing to do in the first place, they have no right to kill any animal


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