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World's largest animal sacrifice, half a million to be slaughtered in Nepal

November 22, 2009

November 21, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 21 -- The Tibetan Volunteers for
Animals have joined other animal activists in
seeking the Nepalese government’s intervention
into the slaughter of half a million animals
during the "Gadhimai" festival held once every
five years at Bariyapur in Bara district of southern Nepal.

Animal activists say half a million animals will
be sacrificed during the Gadhimai festival by
devotees on 24 and 25 November, 2009. Tibetan
Volunteers for Animals (TVA) said while
respecting the religious sentiments of the
devotees TVA is against this mass sacrifice of
animals. "We do not intend to hurt the sentiments
of the devotees but we believe this is an
unnecessary suffering for the innocent lives."

Billed as the world’s largest animal sacrifice
fair, the event is expected to attract thousands
of devotees from across the country and several Indian states as well.

According to estimates, nearly 500,000 animals
including buffaloes, goats, ducks, roosters and
pigeons would be sacrificed at the fair.

Hollywood actress turned animal rights activist
Brigitte Bardot and animal rights activist &
politician Maneka Gandhi have written to Nepalese
government seeking government intervention to
stop the massacre. But the Nepalese government is
careful not to hurt the religious sentiments of
its citizens by banning the practice.

Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama, has
requested students and followers to read the
Golden Light Sutra and recite the Padmasambhava prayer for the animals.
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