This November, up to 250,000 farm animals will be inhumanely slaughtered as part of the Nepalese festival ‘Gadhimai’. The Gadhimai Festival takes place every five years in the Bara District of Nepal, south of Kathmandu.
Incredibly, this barbaric practice is funded by the Nepalese government, who at the last festival in 2009 paid over £32,000 for animals to be sacrificed – almost 50 times the minimum Nepalese annual wage.
Several different species of farm animals are slaughtered at Gadhimai, including large numbers of buffalo – tens of thousands corralled into one giant pen. Once the day of slaughter comes, it is reported that over 200 slaughtermen are sent into the pen wielding swords. The buffalo are then beheaded while fully conscious.
We need to to apply international pressure on the Nepalese Government now to stop this horrendous practice from going ahead.
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