“The Gadhimai Festival takes place every 5 years in the country of Nepal. Millions attend and is the largest animal sacrifice for religious purposes in the world. Over 400,000 animals are killed to bring people luck. This is a walk through of the main kill paddock moments after the killing of over 5,000 water buffalo was over”. Thanks to – AnimalRecoveryMission.org
During the slaughter the nearby lake is so filled with the blood of the animals that absolutely nothing can live in the water for years, it takes almost five years for the lake to regenerate; by then it is bloodbath time again.
Prior to the “Festival” The animals are made to walk up to 500 miles from India to Nepal; most are starved and deprived of water the entire trip, they are beaten and tortured to keep moving and many animals die along the way. Once at the site the massacre takes place in an open field with spectators, including women and children, watching and cheering on mother buffaloes are killed in front of their young. Animals sit in a pool of blood waiting for their own brutal end. Many animals try to escape but are hunted down.
The diary of two animal welfare campaigners at the world’s biggest ritual slaughter
Driving towards the temple we saw a couple of men walking two buffalo calves with red cloth around their necks. We stopped and Manoj Gautam, president of AWNN, asked them what they were doing. One of them said they were there on their wives’ insistence, that they felt bad and wouldn’t do it again. As if on cue, the buffalo calf with him, not more than six-months-old, came over and started chewing on the tassels of my shawl. He was just a baby and wanted some affection! I could not bear to think what his fate would be in two days. I stroked his head for a while before his so-called owner directed him forward. The other buffalo calf with him had started to graze. His owner called out to him and in an act of complete trust, the calf ran to him not knowing he was being led to his death.
Thankfully there is opposition to this monstrous act from within the country itself.
Thanks to – http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/after-gadhimai-it-must-never-happen-again/