29 May 2016
Protests by various animal rights groups has led to the banning of animal slaughter at the Gadhimai festival in Nepal.
The Gadhimai festival is a traditional sacrificial ceremony held every 5 years where animals are sacrificed to the Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai, who will in return bring an end to suffering and usher in a new age of prosperity.
As far back as 2009, there have been heavy criticisms of the large-scale animal slaughtering. In that year, over half a million animals were slaughtered, commonly pigs, goats and chickens.
The festival has been celebrated for 300 years but now it is over.
Nepal’s Temple Trust has also promised to end all human sacrifice.
According to a statement by the Gadhimai Temple Trust: “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 … For every life taken, our heart is heavy. The time has come to transform an old tradition.”