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Gadhimai festival: Mass slaughter of animals begins in Nepal despite outcry

The five-yearly Gadhimai Festival, believed to be the world s biggest animal sacrifice at one place, began in southern Nepal on Tuesday in the presence of a huge number of pilgrims from India, amidst protests by animal activists. Though the month-long festival started on November 17, the main sacrifice days are on December 3 and 4. The sacrifice formally began with the slaughtering of five different animals -- rat, goat, pigeon, chicken and pig -- at the main temple of Gadhimai under Mahagadhimai Municipality-1 in Bara district, about 160 km south of Kathmandu. Tens of thousands of people have poured in from different parts of Nepal and India to take part in the festival to honour a Hindu goddess. The mass sacrifice at Gadhimai Temple is said to be the cruellest form of animal slaughtering in public religious places, according to the International Organisation for Animal Protection (IOAP). Millions of animals are hijacked in a ground with few peoples carrying blunt blades and chase ...


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