The Gadhimai festival, the world’s largest animal sacrifice held in Nepal, will see no more bloodshed as animal sacrifice has now been banned. The Gadhimai Temple Trust has put an end to a religious practice that had been continuing for the last 300 years. The festival is held for every five years.
In 2009, more than five lakh animals including goats, buffaloes and chickens were slaughtered at the Gadhimai festival, though the number reportedly fell in the festival held last year to about 1 lakh. Animal activists cheered the ban on the ritual. The Human Society International/India, which campaigned against the festival, said that millions of animal lives will now be saved.