“The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life”, said the chairman of the Trust Ram Chandra Shah.
The world’s biggest animal sacrifice event held every five years, since last 300 years. In the name of so called ‘tradition’, innocent cattle, sheep and goats are used to sell for profit through Australia’s live export trade and are slaughtered. It is estimated that more than 500,000 buffalo, goats, chickens and other animals were decapitated at Gadhimai in 2009, but in 2014 the numbers had reduced significantly.
The decision of ban on animal sacrifice came after rigorous negotiations and campaigning by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN) and Humane Society International/India. This victory of kindness over cruelty still has a long way to go.