End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice

Target: Government of Nepal

Goal: End mass sacrifice of animals at Nepalese temple

Every five years, the Gadhimai Jatra festival takes place in Nepal where half a million animals are brutally slain in honor of the Hindu goddess of power. Because all 500,000 animals must be slaughtered in the first two days of the festival, the participant butchers spend 48 hours massacring thousands of water buffalo, pigs, goats, chickens, and even pigeons and mice.

By the end, their disease-filled slaughterhouses are strewn with the blood and headless bodies of thousands of animals that, prior to their painful deaths, scrambled to escape the massive blades that decapitated them. The next ritual is scheduled to take place in 2014, but with help from the government of Nepal, it is possible to stop this mass slaughter before it is allowed to begin again.

While animals are killed for slaughter every day in countries around the world, this particular tradition is uniquely appalling due to the inhumane methods employed by participants of the ritual in such short periods of time. In one event, the throats of sacrifice animals are slit with knives, leaving them to die a slow, agonizing death while priests sprinkle their blood over religious idols and symbols.

In another, more than 20,000 water buffalo are penned in a yard where men wielding swords attack them until they are all maimed to death. While many animal sacrifices end quickly, these animals are hacked at the neck and legs multiple times before they even fall to ground. The largest animals are mutilated over two dozen times by machete before they are given the mercy to die.

Maneka Gandhi, an Indian politician and activist, is outspoken in her disapproval of the tradition. She has explained that many villagers refuse to end the slaughter for fear that they will dishonor the goddess of power, called Gadhimai. In addition, Gandhi explained that the festival is an incredibly profitable enterprise for priests, moneylenders, and animal sellers, who have incentive only to continue the inhumane practice out of greed.

Sadly, this despicable crime is allowed to continue in order to honor the tradition and religion of the Hindu people, even though profitable business remains the driving force behind it. Despite the fact that many Nepali residents are opposed to the violence of the Gadhimai festival, there has yet to be governmental interference to end this mass carnage once and for all. Urge the government of Nepal to illegalize the world’s largest mass sacrifice of animals.


Dear Government of Nepal,

Every five years, the world’s largest animal sacrifice takes place in Bariyarpur, Nepal during the Gadhimai festival. This tradition, aimed at honoring the goddess of power, is a mass exploitation and torture of thousands of animals for the sake of tradition.

The slaughter, which takes place in the name of religion, is offensive to many Nepali residents, and many others understand that the event occurs primarily because it remains a profitable enterprise for animal sellers who earn revenue from skin, meat, and bones.  This is no reason to allow for such extreme animal cruelty.

As it remains, unlimited profits could not account for the brutality of this mass slaughter, where innocent and terrified creatures are penned together to be hacked to death. Animal sacrifice is a cruel and primitive practice that has no place in civilized society today. Please ban this ritual in Nepal and end the world’s largest, and arguably most despicable, act of animal sacrifice.


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  1. Article Expanded 27/05/03

    “If a person does not harm any living being…
    and does not kill or cause others to kill-
    that person is a true spiritual practitioner.”

    -Dhammapada (The Buddha)

    We should treat animal as our parents, brother, sisters, friends and relatives. We must have born as animal in previous birth and now with Great Merit, we have collected, we are now born as human beings.We cannot treat other sentient beings lives as cheap, when go-on suffering by slitting their throat. I have seen whole you-tube slaughtering of innocent animal in the hands of Butchers.

    Creating sufferings to animal will lead us to born as deform, disabled, wry mouths and in many forms. For 500 times we will be born in the Hell and different animals and will have very short life-span. This is written in the Sutra of Cause and Effect(Karmic Action). That is why, we need to be very careful and mindful while inflicting pain on innocent animals.

    Therefore, I request all good human beings to avoid killing animals and practice Vegetarian. Animal like Tiger and other carnivorous have no choice rather than go for meat. But for the Human beings we have lots of choice to go-for vegetarians as there are lots of items, we can eat from vegetables. Why inflict pain on harmless animals and practice vegetarian, so that we live live long and practice Dharma for the sack of sentient beings. Om Pa Ni Pad Me Hung.

  2. deepak singh rauthan says:

    Just like love is blind…here traditional ritual practice’s are awful ugly undigested …people become disgustingly blind n doesnt bother about others pain n suffering….. A act that really hurts mankind …stop it further no more sacrifices …it’s unholy act

  3. Dumb teadition remains dumb…

  4. Patricia Martin says:

    WHY…..OMG this is horrible and this is supposed to be the twentyith centry.
    this is cruel and evil and the ones that do this are godless no heart or soul.

  5. Andrew Yardley says:

    I cant believe that any humane person who has any say in this country allows this terrible practice to happen, i will never visit this country and will tell thousands more not to, wake up you cruel lame excuse for humanity.

  6. Stop Slaughter now

  7. Jessica Plee says:

    Stop massacre please

  8. PLEASE stop killing animals in the name of Religion. God has created human animals God will never want this kind of Cruelty toward its own creation

  9. Imran Alam says:

    It’s so sad for me because I have held Hinduism as a force for good but this practice of Gadhimai festival has taken the gloss of it. It’s a disgusting, vile, inhuman practice that makes you ponder as to what type of individual could endorse such a sickening spectacle; an act which shames us to the very core as human beings. Again it’s religion with its silly practices leading us on the path of shame and ignorance.

  10. I want to Stopp this !!!!!animals are children you murdered a Child !!! Go to the Hell!

  11. Evil

  12. Brainwashed into believing that something good will come out of this. This is nothing but evil

  13. Such horror!!!! What a sick, sick goddess. Seriously???? Humans have completely lost it!!! There is no such thing or person. What a bunch of sick nutcases!!!!!! How can one not be prejudicial, how can one not hate?? To commit this henious acts is unspeakable all in support of your sick, sick demented beliefs!!!! Shame on all of you!!!!! The suffering is incredible all for stupid, stupid human beings that are sick in the head!!!! You are seriously twisted.

  14. Eyewitness accounts to this unspeakably brutal event are like nothing I have ever read. It has shocked, saddened and disturbed me more than I can ever put into words and I have had many nightmares since seeing photographs of the event in which I saw people laughing and gawping as a poor pig was struck with an axe through his middle whilst restrained on his back with his legs pulled in four directions. How anyone can think that anything except horror and suffering can ever result from what is a disgusting, disgusting, disgusting event such as this baffles me. Baby animals separated from their mothers and bewildered whilst maniacs with blunt machetes rampage around hacking at sensitive living and feeling innocents? Dante’s inferno had nothing on this. It is the definition of evil and I would do anything to stop it. Anyone who takes part will suffer for their actions, I have absolutely no doubt. A crime this horrible will have consequences, none of which will be good- brutalised, violent people are never happy and this type of wickedness benefits nothing and nobody, ever.

  15. Victoria Cole says:

    This is not right if you look into the origins and ethics of the religion

    The Vedas, a sanskrit word meaning knowledge, are sacred texts that originated

    in ancient India and are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. According to the Vedas and other Hindu scripture the attainment of spiritual knowledge and development begins with vegetarianism.

    Hinduism teaches respect for all creatures and compassion towards all beings is a basic principle of Hindu practice. Cows are revered and considered as particularly sacred and vegetarianism is the ideal. Like Jainism and Buddhism Ahimsa plays an integral role in the spiritual and ethical practices of Hinduism. Ahimsa, a sanskirt term, means to do no harm, literally the avoidance of violence – himsa. It is a rule of conduct prohibiting the killing or injuring of any living being and is associated with the belief that all kinds of violence result in negative karma. Ahimsa is an important tenet of the ancient religions that originated in India namely Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

    Hindus believe in reincarnation (rebirth) which is determined by the law of Karma; a high or low incarnation is determined by how we live our lives. The more righteous life will result in a more favourable incarnation. Hindus believe that like us non human animals have souls and are evolving towards a higher level of consciousness.

    One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.
    Bhagavad Gita

  16. Shovna Atri says:

    This looks terrible, but then, I wonder how many of us will be able to stop the world’s really biggest animal sacrifice (where 2 million animals are slaughtered in a single day). Can we even dream of signing a petition to stop them?

    Animal sacrifice was part of all pagan festivals. All tribal religions still keep at it. Hinduism (vedic) merged some of these tribal religions, but tried to substitute the actual animal with a pumpkin (bali) or a coconut (with the coconut being considered as a skull, and the water inside as the blood). Many people adopted this, many did not.

    I would like to stop all forms of animal sacrifice, but I know that is impossible. Can I ask my muslim friends to stop the Eid sacrifice? If not, what gives me the right to ask only the Nepalese to do so? Is it because I can view pics like these, where as I can’t go to Mecca and see what is really happeneing there?

    I am all for animal rights, but it has to be fair to the humans too.

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