Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival

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JUST IN: The Gadhimai festival in Nepal has banned animal sacrifice, putting an end to a horrific massacre that had been taking place for the past 250 years. This is a long overdue victory for animals.

Until now, every five years, the town of Bariyarpur, Nepal, played host to the world’s largest animal sacrifice. Hundreds of thousands of animals, including chickens, goats and buffalo, were rounded up and marched to their deaths at the site of the temple of the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. After the traditional beheading of up to 10,000 buffalo at the start of the “holy” festival, hundreds of men hacked away at more defenceless animals with dull blades – a painful and terrifying way to die.

Gadhimai animal sacrifice

Today, at last, the bloodshed has been forbidden. In a statement, the Gadhimai Temple Trust said:

The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life. 

Many organisations worked to help end this atrocity, among them PETA and our international affiliates. Almost 90,000 supporters from all over the world sent messages to Nepal officials urging them to stop the bloodshed. Our friends over at PETA India also took to the streets of India to protest in a joint demo outside the Embassy of Nepal with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations.
Gadhimai PETA India Demo

Thank you so much for being part of this victory. We’d like to congratulate all the local groups in Nepal that had been campaigning on the ground for years to end the bloodshed. Today, compassionate people all over the world can celebrate the fact that animals will no longer be hacked to death by the thousand for an archaic ritual.

Comments

  • sue mortimore commented on July 28, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I hope to God people see sense to stop all the horrific nastiness to animals

    • jane livingston commented on July 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you for banning this. The world is cruel enough…

    • nikki commented on July 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      oh hell yea
      we did it n showed the power of voice and teamwork to the world
      we deserve 3 cheers
      hip hip hurry

    • jaysiman commented on July 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Nepal wake up some things will have to change and not stick to ancient practice …please open you eyes wake up smell the flower and have mercy …stop this act-immediately .

    • sigridbrooks commented on July 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      stop this slaughter , this is not the lord way , ,animal abuse and slaughter, give your live , and you well fell the pain , this is not the lords way , this is sick, stop praying the lord well not here you , you evil stop animal abuse and slaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MOTI LAL GUPTA commented on July 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      But no one should preach who eats flesh which is in fact eating dead corpses. What is the difference between man corpse and animal – Just Intelligence as we think!!! That does not mean we kill them and eat.
      What is the difference between vultures and you??
      Shame on you if you eat dead animals..

    • Monique kluppel commented on July 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      stop this slaughter , this is not the lord way , ,animal abuse and slaughter, give your live , and you well fell the pain , this is not the lords way , this is sick, stop praying the lord well not here you , you evil stop animal abuse and slaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cheryl lynette bush commented on August 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      …now hear IT HAS NOT BEEN BANNED!!!

  • michaela commented on July 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Any animal cruelty makes my blood boil!!

  • Shirley commented on July 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Such evil – it’s about time this was stopped – cannot imagine the abhorrent cruelty involved to all those dear animals – what mentality have those evil bastards got to do this.

  • Rita mcdonnell commented on July 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    at last sense has prevailed. thanks to god

  • Jane Southorn-Elliott commented on July 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    What god wants the blood of innocent and defenceless animals? This sacrifice is barbaric and should not continue.

  • victor ribeiro commented on July 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks God!!!

  • Svenja commented on July 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Shows me hat everone can help also with petitions! GREAT!!!!!!

  • martin street commented on July 28, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    this needs to stop everywhere not just here its bloody cruel and unnecessary!!

  • Tracy brown commented on July 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    disgraceful, shame on you all

  • Marie Harper commented on July 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    One day please God man will stop the cruelty they Seem to inflict on innocent animals , why I will never understand

  • emma jones commented on July 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    A fantastic achievement! I hope many more humans now see sense and regain compassion for equality of animals.

  • Brittany commented on July 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    This is wonderful news.

  • Jenny Pepper commented on July 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    It’s good news for the animals of Nepal. Maybe, people in the western part of the globe, should be thinking about how the meat they consume is produced.

  • Carmen Diaz commented on July 29, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thank to all the people who made this posible

  • Marie Rickard commented on July 29, 2015 at 3:54 am

    All victories in the effort to protect animals should be celebrated!!!

  • Pamela Kilby commented on July 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Brilliant, at last they listened! It took a long time but well done Nepal!!

  • Ian Booth commented on July 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Animals, like humans, have feelings.

    “Do unto others as you would they should do unto you.”

  • Sudha Sankar commented on July 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    This is great news!!

  • ศิริรัตน์ อินติ๊บ commented on July 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    สงสารเพื่อนร่วมโลก

  • Lisa Franco commented on July 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Stop this!! Insanity!!

  • Andrea E commented on July 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    There’s a special place in hell reserved for these people!!

  • shivam commented on July 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Next mission to put an end to animal slaughters in Eid in India.

  • Carmel Gagne commented on July 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I am so happy to hear this, an end to a horrific ritual. Now we need to send messages to all parts of the world to stop animal torture and abuse. Good work everyone, signing petitions do make a difference.

  • Jane commented on July 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Great news!!!!

  • Shona commented on July 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hallelujah!! This archaic ritual has been stopped. Maybe we can educate these stupid people. Animals have feelings, although they cant communicate like we do, we should still give them respect.

  • caroline foppen commented on July 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I cant believe people are doing this to animals

  • Christine Hornsleth commented on July 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you PETA ! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I follow all of your heroic causes. You are making the world a better place and we all love you for it.

  • Dolores Tellier commented on July 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    they should be punished for killing elephants

  • Maria commented on July 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Apoyo a animales

  • Zlatka Ferenc commented on July 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I hope that it was ended as I heard

  • christine jones commented on July 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    The final sacrifice was paid for over 2,000 years by Jesus Christ.

    The blood of animals cannot do any good for humans. Animals are to be loved and cherished but the cannot take the place of human being. This is from a religious perspective.

    Why would a Hindu goddess prefer animal blood over humans is strange. Taking their lives is supposed to solve what and redeem who?

  • Linda commented on July 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This is a victory. What took so long? Our beautiful creatures have been slaughtered for no good reason. When they r all gone then there will be no more. God put man here to take care of his creatures, not for slaughter.

  • verdure commented on July 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Thank you !

  • Stephanie commented on July 31, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Glad it ended

  • paulette commented on July 31, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I heard that foui gras was made leagle again in the u.s. I saw it on a cooking show. I hope not .its so cruel .
    Thanks.

  • Lynda chandler commented on July 31, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    These people are fucked up

  • nicole commented on July 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    A huge THANK YOU to all of us to stop the slaughter of animals in Nepal. We must stand steadfast in the campaigns for all animal welfare across the globe. Let us stand together now and always to be the voice of our beautiful animals.

  • Carlos Bazan romero commented on August 1, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Muchas felicitaciones a los ciudadanos que intervinieron para detener esa salvaje matanza de inocentes animales ahora yo les suplico si pudieran dirigir su atenciòn a la matanza salvaje y sangrienta de chivos y cabras que se lleva a cabo en el Estado de PUEBLA EN EL MES DE OCTUBRE y todo para despues elaborar el guiso tìpico nombrado “”MOLE DE CADERAS”” a los animales se les alimenta con sal y no se les da nada de agua para que su carne quede enjuta lo pueden constatar en el internet

  • Pimthong Kipper commented on August 1, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Thank you PETA and people who had singing petitions. Good works every one.

  • Nilesh Kothadiya commented on August 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks a millions of tonnes for marching towards an ancient historic humanity…. Great going Peta… Thumbs up to u.

  • Andrea Werren commented on August 2, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Stoppt diesen Wahnsinn

  • Bill Goldman commented on August 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    As a Christian, I believe we are permitted to eat meat, also to wear clothes made of leather, wool etc. But this is not supposed to be a license to commit cruelty on any animal. We do not need to cause them pain and it is not good for us, for humanity, if we do so.
    I wish I were in Nepal, one reason being so I could go & celebrate with others who feel as I do.
    William Goldman

  • David commented on August 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Thanks! This is great news.

    Thanks to all that helped to stop this!

  • asha commented on August 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    WOW! Wonderful. THANK YOU all 90,000 people who spoke up for animals. Now this hideous massacre has finally come to an end.

  • Marie Harper commented on September 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    At last a result , let’s hope that is the end of this horror story

  • Tia commented on October 19, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Well done PETA for looking after innocent beings who are just like us and have the same feelings, pain, etc as us, PETA gives those without a voice – a voice. Keep up the excellent work in stopping cruelty to animals in any shape or form and wish you all the success in the world with your excellent work. God Bless.

    Tia

  • Shashi commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Hindus should not be doing this! Krishna ended this by saying
    I will accept a flower,fruit water with devotion. End this embarrassment

  • Erika commented on May 25, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Victory for animals! Yes

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