India today, is in a sensitive state with respect to animals. With cow patrolling and the ruling to ban meat in the country, the country is in a state of agitation. While it is a violation of our freedom, the excuse being put to use is that of animal cruelty. While we wait to see where this situation is likely to end up in, let’s look at some countries that actually do practice many cruel animal festivals. These are going to wrench your heart and we have warned you.
Yulin Festival in China
When we talk about cruel animal festivals, the Yulin festival is undoubtedly on top of the list. It is basically a festival that kills dogs. Thousands of dogs, including pets are killed every year for human consumption during this festival. These dogs are either slit by their throats, burnt or even boiled. This festival has received much flak from around the world. This year, it was deemed to be cancelled but we will have to wait to see.
Farra do Boi in the list of cruel animal festivals
An event set in Brazil, this festival is one of the most cruelest. In simple words, oxen are killed during this festival. But that’s not even the worst part. The process itself that kills these poor animals is what is heart wrenching. Throughout the state, these poor oxen are chased, beaten, tortured by putting hot pepper in their eyes, their tails are snapped, limbs broken and much more. Without any doubt this festival should be banned.
Gadhimai Festival in Nepal
Closer to home is the Gadhimai Festival that happens in Nepal every five years. It is likely that you would have come across petitions to stop this festival on your social media accounts. Held in the Gadhimai Temple in the Indo-Nepal border, this festival sacrifices animals like pigs, water buffalos, goats, chickens etc. The sacrifice is made in order to please Gadhimai, the Goddess of power.
Toro de la Vega in Spain
You would have probably come across this festival either through movies or advertisements. Nevertheless, it is one the widely revolted cruel animal festivals from around the world. In this festival, bulls are chased around the streets and then killed by throwing spears on them. It takes place in a town called Tordesillas.
Grindadrap in Faroe Islands
Also popularly known as Whaling in the Faroe Islands, during this festivals long-finned pilot whales are the victims. They are harvested and slaughtered when the whales swim near the shore. Their throats are slit and the sight is literally bloody.
These cruel animal festivals are proof that we as humans just don’t know how to respect the other species in our eco system.