Target: Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
Goal: Put an end to the world’s largest religious sacrifice of animals
The world’s largest religious animal sacrifice takes place in Nepal every five years. The event, held in Bariyarpur, claims tens of thousands of animal lives. Goats, buffalo, and birds, among other species, are brought to a common area in the city by thousands of worshipers, who slaughter the animals as an offering to a Hindu goddess. The event continues to take place even despite animal activists’ protests and government restrictions.
This gathering, named the Gadhimai festival, offers rides, trinkets, and food in celebration of a Hindu goddess. The Indian government banned the ferrying of animals from India to Nepal, which affected the number of animals that could be sacrificed; there were only 5,000 buffalo sacrificed at the recent festival, for example, when the number was double that during the last festival. Many people involved in the sacrifice had promised to sacrifice a certain animal if the goddess blessed their health, business, or overall life, despite knowledge of animal abuse protests.
Animal rights activists, who have tirelessly fought to end the massive animal sacrifice, are hopeful that the next festival will see no animals slaughtered. Stand with the activists and compassionate people of Nepal to help end this terrible sacrifice. Five years is a long time to make a difference in the lives of Nepal’s animals. Sign this petition to put an end to the world’s largest animal sacrifice.
Dear President Yadav,
The Gadhimai festival recently took place in Bariyarpur. As is tradition, tens of thousands of animals were sacrificed in hopes of pleasing a Hindu goddess. Animal rights activists have fought against this tradition for many years, to little avail. I stand with these activists in a plea to end this barbaric ritual.
Religious animal sacrifice is archaic and harmful. Forcing animals to be a part of religious murder is wrong. Honoring this goddess does not have to entail a torturous blood bath. The festival would be plenty without the sacrifice of innocent animals. There are many options that would suffice in the place of sacrifice, such as creating the world’s largest prayer gathering.
Animal abuse of this magnitude has no place in the world today. Countries all over the world understand that animals deserve more respect than a life brutally cut short due to religious beliefs. Please listen to the people of the Animal Welfare Network Nepal; this nonsensical slaughter must end. Please do all that you can to ensure this barbarity does not return in five years’ time.
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Photo credit: Arunankapilan via Wikipedia