Lucknow, Nov 26: Humane Society International teams in India and Nepal are preparing to head for the Gadhimai festival, the largest mass animal sacrifice event in the world, in an effort to save as many animals as possible from being ritually beheaded.
The bloodbath takes place in the Bara district of Nepal every five years, and historically hundreds of thousands of buffalo, goats, pigeons and other animals have been killed. The upcoming Gadhimai will see the mass ritual slaughter take place on December 3 and 4.
HSI teams will be deployed at the Indo-Nepal border later this month to assist border officials who will be confiscating animals being brought across from India to be sacrificed, which is against the law, a statement of the Humane Society International said here on Tuesday.
In 2014, the Supreme Court passed an order directing the Government of India to prevent these illegal transports, and asking animal protection groups such as Humane Society International/India and others to devise an action plan to ensure the court order is implemented. (UNI)