» 11/20/2009, 00.00
Buddhists and animal rights activists against Hindu sacrifice to Gadhimai
In Bara district, where the ‘living Buddha’ meditates, more than a million Hindus are preparing to sacrifice half a million animals during the festival of Gadhimai Mela. Actress Brigitte Bardot wants the inhumane practice stopped. More than 12,000 police agents are mobilised for the occasion.
22/09/2017 17:10:00 NEPAL
As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists
The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.
08/10/2016 15:50:00 NEPAL
Kathmandu: Hindus and Buddhists against ‘black festivals", i.e. the animal slaughter at Dashain
Hundreds of people protest in front of the temples where Hindus sacrifice oxen, sheep, goats, and birds to the gods. The Dashain festival commemorates the gods’ great victory over wicked demons. For vegetarians, only “Pope Francis [. . .] is very serious in making appeals on behalf of the environment and animals”.
Animal slaughter banned at Hindu feast of Gadhimai, goddess of power
The Gadhimai Festival is held every five years and brings in millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal. In 2009, 500,000 buffaloes, goats and chickens were killed. In 2014, the number dropped after a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court banning livestock movement between the two countries.
Buddhists and animal rights activists against animal slaughter for Durga
Dashain, Nepal's longest and most important Hindu festival, begins. It marks the birth of the goddess Durga and her victory over an evil demon. To help the deity, tens of thousands of animals are slaughtered to provide fresh sacrificial blood. However, as important as it is, "we can begin to rethink this tradition," a Hindu leader says.
Young Hindus against Dashain animal slaughter
For the Shri Krishna Pranami Youth Council, the government is profiting from the Hindu festival. Some 70,000 goats are sacrificed during Dashain. Nepal imported 29,000 live sheep, 370,400 live goats and 59,810 live buffaloes last fiscal year. For one expert, such inhumane practices push people away from Hinduism.
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