In a welcome surprise, the organizers of Nepal’s Gadhimai festival — better known as the world’s largest animal sacrifice — have announced that they’re finally doing away with the ritual slaughter meant to appease the Hindu goddess of power. Nearly 500,000 animals (buffalo, goats, chickens, etc.) have been killed at the festival twice a decade for the past 265 years.
“The time has come to transform an old tradition [and] replace killing and violence with peaceful worship and celebration,” Ram Chandra Shah, chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust, said in a statement.
A declaration signed by temple trustees stated, “Any devotee who brings an animal for sacrifice at Gadhimai temple…will be sent back and no bloodshed will be allowed.”
Last year, the festival offed more than 200,000 animals. That won’t be the case in 2019, by the time the next festival rolls around.
I guess Gadhimai finally decided she had all the carcasses she needed.
Or maybe the humans in charge realized this was all unnecessary bullshit.
Either way, the declaration will mark the end of another idiotic faith-based superstition.
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