Animal activists are horrified as the largest mass animal sacrifice in the world started in Nepal today. The bloody throat-slitting killings are part of a festival for Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess
“It is very festive here, everyone is excited,” said Mangal Chaudhary, the head priest at the slaughter, according to Al-Jazeera.
The festival, is named after a Hindu goddess. The sacrifices are made to honor her and feature the slitting of animals’ throats over two days. Rats are included in the killing, chicken and goat meat are distributed to the masses. Buffalo hides are auctioned after dumping their heads in a large pit.
The 2009 festival reportedly saw about 300,000 animals slaughtered. That number may be up to half a million this year.
A petition on Change.org reading "Stop Gadhimai Festival Massacre in November 2014" was unsuccessful