Temple in Southern Nepal Halts Animal Sacrifices


A temple in southern Nepal known for the mass slaughter of animals at a festival every five years has indefinitely banned animal sacrifice, India’s Humane Society International said Tuesday.

Millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal attend the festival at the Gadhimai temple about 90 miles south of Kathmandu. According to the Humane Society, about 500,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and other animals were killed at the temple in 2009. Those numbers dropped in 2014 after India’s Supreme Court banned taking animals across the border to Nepal for sacrifice there, campaigners said.

SOURCE: Reuters

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