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Mass Animal Sacrifice a Go Despite Protest

CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM | 11/20/09

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Editor's Note: Is this event really any more barbaric than what happens to the millions of animals who are killed daily in the United States for food? Your thoughts?

A Hindu festival in which hundreds of thousands of animals are expected to be sacrificed will go ahead as scheduled in southern Nepal despite protests, organizers said Friday.

The Gadhimai festival, celebrated every five years, is attended by many Hindus from India as well as Nepal. More than 200,000 buffaloes, pigs, goats, chickens and pigeons are expected to be slaughtered this year on Nov. 24 and 25.

Organizers said they will not bow to "interference" from animal rights and religious groups that have held protests in Katmandu and in the festival area in Bara district, about 100 miles south of the capital.

"We will not stop this centuries-old tradition now. This is our religion, belief and tradition and we will continue with it no matter what," said Motilal Kushwa of the organizing committee.

Kushwa said thousands of people have already arrived at the site with animals meant for sacrifice next week.

Participants believe that animal sacrifices for the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity. Many join the festival from the state of Bihar in India, where animal sacrifices have been banned in some areas.

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Hmmm..."participants believe that animal sacrifices ...will end evil and bring prosperity.."

How's that workin' for ya?

And just another reason I despise religion and tradition. It makes absolute idiots out of otherwise thinking, reasoning, compassionate people. And I really don't mean to offend those who have faith - I just despise religion, not spirituality. Religion = man-made for man's gain. Not so spirituality.

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Funny! It sounds as if I wrote the comment myself. I myself despise organised religion, whether it is Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism. But I am for spirituality, meaning basically good morals.

Buddhism teaches Five Precepts and I am for it. Here, you promise to yourself,
1. I refrain from killing,
2. I refrain from stealing,
3. I refrain from despicable sexual conduct.
4. I refrain from telling lies and
5. I refrain from taking alcohol.

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Hmmm..."participants believe that animal sacrifices ...will end evil and bring prosperity.."

How's that workin' for ya?

HA. Love it.

"Is this event really any more barbaric than what happens to the millions of animals who are killed daily in the United States for food? Your thoughts?"

Not really, but this is different because deep down, most people who eat meat, particularly from factory farms, know they are wrong. And they know we are right. But these people are using the guise of a religion, that they are doing something "good" through their torture and killing. So in a way that is infinitely more dangerous. But if we allow this kind of religious freedom, where do we draw the line? What about human sacrifice? If someone wants to sacrifice their child in the name of a god, should we also not interfere?

Do Americans who support factory farms have a right to complain? Probably not. But I certainly do.

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'Do Americans who support factory farms have a right to complain?'

Well, it's funny, but both Americans as well as non-Americans keep on complaining anyway. But the better thing to do is to look inwards and see how much each one of is contributing towards animal cruelty, environmental degradation on a global scale, pollution of our own minds and our own ill-health by
consuming animal flesh.

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How saddening!
But every year millions of people (each one of them individually) take part in an animal sacrifice in Mecca (Saudi Arabia) at the Haj festival on a religious basis.
How saddening!

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