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What is the Gadhimai Festival?

The Gadhimai festival is the largest ritual animal killing in the world and held every five years at the Gadhimai temple in Nepal. The attendees believe that sacrificing animal blood will bring them good fortune. Many animals are forced to walk for hours, or days, without food and water to get to the temple. Some are transported in cramped trucks and buses, or even tied onto bicycles. The temple committee assigns slaughter licenses to chosen devotees. Most licensees have no prior experience in slaughtering animals and many are intoxicated while killing.

The atrocities that Animal Equality has documented at the festival violate the order of the Supreme Court of Nepal, which states that cruel, brutal, and unkind treatment towards animals shall not be allowed.

Animal Equality has been actively campaigning to end animal sacrifice at the Gadhimai festival since 2014, with investigators and volunteers on the ground in 2014 and 2019/2020 to report on the horrors inflicted on helpless animals before and during the festival.

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