Animal Aid goes to Nepal border to stop sacrifice
Gadhimai is the name of a goddess who is believed by devotees to live in a Hindu temple in Nepal. Every five years a big festival is organised to honor her supposed love of drinking fresh blood.
Estimates based on the debauchery of slaughtering hundreds of thousands of animals in 2009, when the last Gadhimai Mela was held, suggest that as many as 500,000 animals could be beheaded for slaughter this year on 26 and 27 November in Nepal.
Animal sacrifice here in the Asian subcontinent involves no stunning. Animals are beheaded by amateurs with dull knives. Throats are slashed by amateurs with knives or glass. With the thousands of carcasses laying around, entrepreneurial meat exporters and leather traders come in droves to buy the carcasses.
Most animals are pre-sold, and are usually deprived food and water for days leading up to their deaths. Transported on trucks intended for a fraction as many animals, the suffering prior to slaughter is unthinkable.
Animal Aid joined other Indian volunteers, the Animal Welfare Board of India, and border police in order to prevent the illegal transport of Indian animals across the India-Nepal border.
Animal Aid co-founder Jim Myers and veterinary nurse Deen Dayal have been at the border since 18th November, patrolling and educating border patrol officers about the latest orders from the Supreme Court and the AWBI requirements of permissions required for transport across national border.
Thanks to the tremendous work of Minister Mrs Maneka Gandhi, Gauri Maulekhi (People for Animals), Humane Society International – India head Jayasimha and Dawn William (Blue Cross of India,) Indian animal traffickers seem to be aware of the restriction and the numbers of animals is far reduced this year from what was seen in 2008. We are delighted to report that most of our work has been in conveying information about court orders and the law—not in stopping trucks intending to break those laws.
Jim Myers’ reports: “It has been an outstanding public relations performance for everyone concerned and I am proud of the Animal Aid contingent, who have charged forth in a disaster-potential mode, with our fingers crossed that it will stay peaceful.”