Tens of thousands of buffalo were corralled into a gigantic pen.
Then, 200 slaughtermen wielding swords were let loose into the enclosure. The buffalo were beheaded, one by one. It’s no easy task to behead a buffalo – and for many it took more than one attempt.
These are the reports that came out of the ‘Gadhimai’ Festival in Nepal in 2009, where an estimated quarter of a million farm animals were inhumanely slaughtered as part of the sacrifice festival.
‘Gadhimai’, as the festival is known, is set to take place again this Nov.
‘Gadhimai’ takes place every 5 years in the Bara District of Nepal, south of Kathmandu. For 250 years the festival has continued relatively unchallenged, but as news of the inhumane slaughter has spread internationally, animal welfare advocates have spoken out against it.
The Nepalese Government provides significant funding, which makes this festival possible on…