Lonely Planet Writer

India stops movement of sacrificial animals to Nepal

Each year more than 250,00 goats, chickens, doves and buffalo are killed for the Gadhimai festival.
Each year more than 250,00 goats, chickens, doves and buffalo are killed for the Gadhimai festival. Image by Matt Zimmerman / CC BY 2.0

The home office in India has banned the transport of live animals to Nepal in a bid to check the slaughter of livestock for the Gadhimai festival. Every year more than 250,000 goats, chickens, doves and buffalo are killed at the Barayapur temple in the world’s largest mass animal sacrifice, attended by five million Hindu devotees. Around 70% of the animals are imported – most illegally – from the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Read more: ekantipur.com