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Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Govinda Tandon of the Pashupati Development Trust in Annapurna Post, 17 November

Many distortions have sullied the great philosophy of tolerance, non-violence and humanity that is inherent in the Hindu religion. Unfortunately, many superstitious rituals that have nothing to do with Hinduism have now come to be regarded as part of this great faith. Among the distortions of Hinduism is the practice of animal sacrifice. We think we can earn divine merit by killing and sacrificing to the gods innocent animals that trust us to protect them. Our conscience tells us it is wrong, yet we continue with mass sacrifices of animals. No Hindu text or gods and goddesses have ever asked for appeasement by sacrifice. It is us selfish human beings who have transformed the gods into blood-thirsty ogres.

The Gadhimai Festival of Bara district is starting on Monday, in the next ten days there will be thousands of animals that will be slaughtered there. A thousand people have been hired to do the killing, tenders have been floated for the leather and meat. The sacrifice is being driven by the leather industry mafia, it has nothing to do with religion. The priest of the Gadhimai Temple himself is against the sacrifices. So whose interest does this blood-letting serve? Who benefits from turning a place of worship into a slaughterhouse? Publicity about the sacrifices has tarnished Nepal’s image internationally. The following steps are necessary to immediately outlaw religious sacrifices:

– The state should stop subsidising animal sacrifice.
– Animal sacrifices at government buildings, vehicles and aircraft should be stopped.
– Ban import of animals from India 15-20 days before festival
– Ban transport of animals from other parts of Nepal to Gadhimai
– Spread message against animal sacrifices through mass media
– Government to proactively spread the message that animal sacrifice is not religion

Read also:

Overkill in Gadhimai Lucia de Vries and Deepak Adhikari 

Manage Gadhimai 

“Stop the slaughter”

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38 Responses to “No sacrifice”

  1. Martin Baillie on Says:

    The Gadhimai (mela) festival.

    The history of this bloodthirsty and gory spectacle originated when ‘Bhagwan Chaudhary’ a feudal landlord imprisoned in Makwanpur fort prison Nepal during the 18th century when he dreamed that all his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to Gadhimai (one of the many ‘avatars’ of the deity Kali aka Kalika). Immediately upon his release from prison he took counsel with a local village healer whose descendant ‘Dukha Kachadiya’ had started the ritual the day before with drops of his own blood from five parts of his body. Apparently, a light then ‘appeared’ in an earthenware jar and from this the sick bloodletting sacrifice ritual began.

    The animals are not slaughtered to be eaten, the animals are slaughtered as offerings to appease the goddess ‘Gadhimai’ with her ‘belief’ desire for blood-spilling; in return it is believed that she will grant her devotees health, wealth and prosperity.

    The ‘Gadhimai festival’ is based on nothing other than the combination of a no less than average meaningless dream and an optical light delusion to ‘supposedly’ one of the number of avatars of the mythical divine ‘Kali’ that can’t be located within any dated Vedic (Hindu religious) scripts.

    Footnote:

    If the flesh or any other parts of the sacrificed animal is made available for human use – then the point of sacrificing animals as offerings to believed divine beings becomes futile and worthless towards their belief concepts.

  2. namah on Says:

    How about a simple practical law: You can kill animals only in an approved licensed slaughter house.

    Should solve the problem – right?

  3. Alejandra on Says:

    please. We are more than this, the animals don’t deserve that

  4. jazmin rosales on Says:

    Please stop this masacre this is terrible

  5. Carmen Zavaleta on Says:

    Stop animal sacrifice. It is a horrible crime.

  6. Marcela on Says:

    i’ve seen cruelty but this is beyond anyone’s heart… no more violence against animals!! From Colombia i beg you to stop this!!!

  7. Natalia Reus on Says:

    THIS IS A MAASSACRE

  8. Natalia Reus on Says:

    hate this

  9. Catalina González on Says:

    No more sacrifice.

  10. Estefania Loza on Says:

    Stop killing animals!!!!

  11. Laura Cano on Says:

    Please stop this animal cruelty , it is not necessary to do this, pray to your God in a different way , this is insane and really cruel …

  12. ivana alcala on Says:

    please stop this

  13. Erika Lozano on Says:

    Stoooop!

  14. Cecilia Presenza on Says:

    STOP THIS CRUELTY!!!!!!!!!!

  15. angie on Says:

    stop

  16. angie on Says:

    stop, please

  17. Diana Lee on Says:

    STOP THIS KILING ¡¡¡

  18. Guadalupe García on Says:

    If there is a God, I´m sure he cries when see this…

  19. Daniel on Says:

    Please! STOP those mass beheading festival! It’s horrible!

  20. myriam blanco on Says:

    NO MASACRE!!!! STOP MUERTES

  21. myriam blanco on Says:

    NO MASACRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  22. mariejeanne on Says:

    What is necessary to stop this..?

  23. patricia on Says:

    STOP IT

  24. Gema on Says:

    Not sacrifice

  25. jose on Says:

    NO!

  26. citlalli reyes on Says:

    NO a la masacre de ningún animal

  27. Ricardo on Says:

    No sacrifice !!

  28. juan carlos antunez alonso on Says:

    Stop

  29. MARÍA on Says:

    stop killings animals

  30. Eliza on Says:

    UNFAIR, CRUEL, UNNECESSARY, APPALING…YA BASTA !!! ENOUGH !!

  31. patricia bastidas on Says:

    stop this cruelty. Demand it to their guverment

  32. patricia bastidas on Says:

    Stop this madnness

  33. Horacio on Says:

    Incivilizados!

  34. Mayra Rodas on Says:

    This is a cruel tradition and i hope that stop because animals have not fault to the human stupid

  35. carola on Says:

    I am a girl of españa, I am charmed with Nepal and especially his people and culture, I do not understand that they adore and respect so much to the animals and allow that this should take place, the people every time know more of this Hindu custom and I believe that it is not a good image for his country, please, the Buddhists we do not accept this, this must be prohibited, thank you very much

  36. Michael on Says:

    This is really awful. Please stop. In all the UK press and giving Nepal a very bad image.

  37. sudipto on Says:

    as a Hindu i follow my Hindu path, so killing life is out of Hindu religion . stop it and i request all Hindu leaders , to generate awareness to those people, . bcz Hinduism making revolution all over the world for its love and serve to all living beings . Hinduism is unique, special . if this killing continue , there is no difference between Hinduism and another religion where they are permitted to kill life even human life . so stop it. plz—————————————-300,000 plz

  38. Tseten Tashi on Says:

    Gadhimai Jatra is all nonsense and insane practice of cruelty against other living beings, the issue here is of blind faith out of delusion dream. There are certain cases in India where father sacrificed his own son after a dream in which he dreamed of boon of prosperity and success if he sacrifice his own son to god, such many cases of blind faith and brutality are there and will arise if such insane silly practice is not stopped. Killing animals at slaughter house is different case, it is sad but are only meant for food supplement. These mass killing of animals is an bad example in the eyes of every people, as it degenerates the sense of compassion to other living beings, this indeed is very bad example of mercilessness. This bloody blind faith and insane practice should be stopped. SAY NO TO MERCILESSNESS AND BLIND FAITH! STOP THIS NONSENSE PLEASE!

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