On Friday, Hindu devotees in Nepal slaughtered thousands of animals and birds in the name of ritual. Animal right activist said that this is the world’s largest animal slaughtering event.
Almost 80 per cent of Nepal’s 27 million people are Hindu. However, unlike Hindus in their neighbouring countries, they frequently sacrifice animals and birds to make their devotees happy during the festive season.
There were many chances of clash between the activist and the devotees. That is why hundreds of police officials were deployed by the authorities to avoid any such conflicts.
“It is a ritual connected with people’s faith,” said Yogendra Dulal, assistant administrator of the Bara district, where the temple is located. “We cannot hurt their sentiments and ban the practice.”
The ceremony is held every five years at the gandhami temple near the Indo-Nepal border. In this, tens of thousands of people gather and slay their animals. More than 500000 animals were killed during the event this time, according to the estimate of Humane Society International estimates.
People believe that sacrificing their animals would appease the Hindu Goddess of power, which in return would bring to them luck and prosperity.
the ritual began at the dawn with the sacrifice of five animals comprising a rat; a goat, a rooster, a pig and a pigeon, this is known as “pancha bali”.
Almost 5000 buffaloes were held in the open air, after which they were slaughtered by butchers using swords and large curved knives. Temple officials also estimated thousands of goats and chicken to be sacrificed before the ceremony ends on Saturday.
“We are trying to convince the people that they can worship at the shrine peacefully and without being cruel to animals,“ animal right activists said “It is not proper to kill animals in the name of religion.”
Recently The Supreme Court asked the government to stop the illegal movement of animals to Nepal for sacrificing.