Success: Temple Bans Animal Sacrifice at Festival

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Target: Ram Chandra Shah, Chairman of Nepal’s Gadhimai Temple Trust

Goal: Congratulate a Nepalese temple for banning animal sacrifice that involved slaughtering thousands of innocent animals.

Nepal authorities recently announced the end of an animal sacrifice at a festival that is held once every five years. The move will end a centuries-old Hindu tradition which attracts many worshippers from around the world. The old ritual saw hundreds of devotees from India and Nepal flock to a temple to sacrifice thousands of animals in the hope of appeasing a Hindu god. The temple in Southern Nepal, known as Gadhimai, has drawn international condemnation from animal rights activists as well as the ForceChange community.

Reports indicate that the organizers of the ritual decided to stop the senseless slaughter after realizing that animals are also living things. The tradition has had a long history in Nepal with devotees offering buffaloes and goats in the hope of finding happiness and health. One of the ritual organizers admitted that it would not be easy ending a 400-year-old tradition, but there is still plenty of time to convince people that it is not necessary to sacrifice animals.

Activists have spent years lobbying temple authorities and the Nepal government to stop the ritual. After numerous efforts, it has finally worked, and animal activists have applauded the decision. For sure, people have been victimized by superstition and it is critical to build awareness and have a bloodless festival. Animal Welfare Network Nepal has been one of the campaigners who have recently welcomed the move.

The decision does not mean that the job is done. Animal activists need public support and participation to ensure the ban is upheld. Recently, the number of animals slaughtered lessened after India’s Supreme Court issued an order stopping the animal sacrifice. Reports allege that animal rights groups are planning to spend the remaining years spreading awareness before the next festival.

Sign our petition to thank the leaders of this Nepalese temple for ending ritual animal sacrifice at the festival.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ram Chandra Shah,

Gadhimai temple recently announced an indefinite ban on animal sacrifice. The temple has been known for the mass slaughter of animals at a festival that is held once every five years. The ritual involves killing thousands of animals and, over the years, has drawn international condemnation from animal rights groups.

The move is much welcomed by animal activists as well as Animal Welfare Network Nepal, which has been fighting to end the senseless slaughter. Stopping the slaughter does not mean the job is done since public support and participation is needed to ensure the ban is upheld. Thanks to the animal rights group that is planning to spend the remaining years spreading awareness before the next festival, we can hope that few animal sacrifices will occur.

It is obvious not everyone will welcome the move, but your action will end Nepal’s bad reputation as a nation for animal slaughter. It is time to replace killings and violence with peaceful worship. I commend your move and hope that the ban will be upheld in the coming years. Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival should no longer see any bloodshed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNP)

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