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December 02, 2019 - France 24

Nepal prepares for mass animal sacrifice despite outcry

Nepal prepares for mass animal sacrifice despite outcry
Animals awating slaughter, Gadhimai 2014Photo by: Amrit Ghimire Ranjit

Thousands of Hindu devotees gathered in southern Nepal on Monday ahead of a festival believed to be the world's biggest ritual animal slaughter, despite court orders and calls by animal activists to end the event.

The sacrifices, set to begin on Tuesday, take place every five years in Bariyarpur village close to the Indian border, in honour of the Hindu goddess of power.

An estimated 200,000 animals ranging from goats to rats were killed during the last two-day Gadhimai Festival in 2014 and this year's preparations were well underway by Monday night.

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