End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice

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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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  2. Despicable, backward, cruel, ignorant people. There is no goddess called Gadhimai you morons! May karma pay you all a visit. If there’s some sort of natural disaster in your country I wouldn’t lift a finger to help you. The human race never fails to disgust me. Animals are better and more decent global citizens then people will ever be.

    • Kamana Rai says:

      How funny it is, that an earthquake did strike my country. It caused a casualty of over 8000 people and injured more. However, I’ll let you know that most of us do not care for this horrible festival either.

      People who don’t support this festival
      : Since this festival is mainly a Hindu festival, Christians, Muslims and people of another religion do not care for this festival. Even many Hindus themselves do not partake in this slaughter. 70-80% of the participants of this festival comes from the neighbouring country’s states.
      : Animal lovers of Nepal or anyone with a soft spot for animals and living beings

      So yes, this festival takes place in Nepal but it does not concern all of the Nepali living there. It does not concern the foreigners living there. So please, don’t hate the country for a festival that only certain groups attend.

      And I think you should not disregard others’ beliefs with such disrespect. To you (and even me), this goddess doesn’t exist, but to some, it does and they live by her.


  4. Where is your goddess of compassion? Shame on the barbaric people of India! You are not part of the civilized human race. You are sub-human, ignorant low-life’s. I have no pity on anything that happens to the people in India.
    BAN THIS RITUAL and the sacrifice of our Creator’s innocent animals.

    • For ur kind information miss carmela….this festival is of nepal not of india…so shame on u..go and update urself with correct information if u belong to belong to a civilized human race….moron..!!

  5. Audrey Lazarus says:

    I don’t think GOD accepts such sacrifices!!! Certainly not!!How could anyone be so cruel? the people murdering the animals should be punished and sent to jail. The entire world should put pressure on the organisers of this so called festival to end it immediately.

  6. What more evidence do you need that third worlders are worthless, backward savages? Do you think you could ever reason with utter scum like this? Must be a wonderful place to live, surrounded by psychopaths.
    I know – let’s let them all come and live in WHITE people’s countries, then they’ll magically become decent human beings like us! Oh, wait…

    • as if u white people dont kill animals….first watch urself and ur country nd den talk about others….ur thinking ABOUT BLACK N WHITE TOLD ME THAT u all r not mentally developed….

  7. it is a foolish act. it shows the literacy in nepal is in bad position. Nepal govt knows everything but why they let him to allow?

  8. I just cannot explain hw I feel seeing such brutal act……..horrified…..pls I request the govnt of Nepal to pls ban dis terrible ritual vit is being done in de name of god…..dis innocent animals are gods own creation n god can never be happy taking away their lives…pls ban dis

  9. Severine Mellinger says:

    This is no Festival this is a blood bath! Please end this horror and educate the people

  10. Suzy Swingle says:

    This is an old petition. Did this heinous festival hsppen in 2014? Did the petition do anything to stop it? Will this happen again this year? I thought Hindus believed in the sanctity of life?

  11. what a dumb ass people

  12. With dumb ass believe dumb ass

  13. SARAV TIVARI says:


  14. Jean Clelland-Morin says:

    IMMORALITY in the Name of Tradition

  15. Alice Murrell says:

    Barbaric and every corner of the world is guilty of mass animal abuse, torture and murder. We are a reprehensible species.

  16. Cynthia dsouza says:

    Those hurt animals and kill animals for fun a and other things I wish them horrible death

  17. Everybody in the comments is an idiot. You think that because your Christians you can bring everybody else’s religion down. I’m positive the only thing you did was read this article and assume that all animal sacrifice was evil. If you knew anything about it you would know that most animal sacrifices done are humane. They are at least more humane than what they do to animals in America, here they keep the animals locked up in their own feces for their entire lives make them obese from steroids and kill them. That’s where your burger and chicken sandwich come from. So before you talk about somebody else look at what you put in your own mouth. Nothing gives you he right to decide somebody else culture and to look down on them or even just suddenly decide that God must hate those people because they don’t agree with you. You all are backwards ignorant and savage. How dare you wish death on somebody after reading an article and call yourself a Christian. That’s the type of stuff that gets you to hell you bastards. I pray that you all learn something and stop believing everything you read on the Internet and media.

  18. The curse of god has fallen on Nepal!!! The Nepalese govt is a scumbag full of medieval idiots!!There is NO animal sacrifice in Sanatana Dharma…STOP THIS FESTIVAL ELSE NEPAL WILL BE WIPED OUT

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