Nepal’s Gadhimai festival to end animal sacrifices

One of the world’s most controversial festivals is set to end the centuries-old practice of animal sacrifice.

Controversial Nepalese festival to ban animal slaughter.

Controversial Nepalese festival to ban animal slaughter. Image by Chris Gladis / CC BY 2.0

Held once every five years in southern Nepal, the Gadhimai festival has become notorious amongst animal rights groups for the massive scale of its animal sacrifices, with more than 200,000 buffalo, goats and other animals killed over a two day period. The trustees of the temple where the festival is held have announced that no animal sacrifices will take place when Gadhimai is next celebrated in four years’ time. Although the festival is held in Nepal, most of the estimated four million devotees who attend cross the border from India, where sacrifices on this scale are banned. Read more:

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