Organisations take out ‘Ahimsa Prani Daya Sandesha Yatra’
MYSORE: Animal rights groups and religious leaders with the support of the district administration and police launched a movement here on Thursday to prevent animal sacrifice at Kappadi near K.R. Nagar.
Animal sacrifice takes place from Shivaratri to Ugadi every year despite government ban on such practices.
However, the Akhila Karnataka Prani Daya Sangha and the Mysore Pinjrapole Society in association with Sahana Prani Raksha Sangha, Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, Rashtriya Basava Dal and other groups organised “Ahimsa Prani Daya Sandesha Yatra” which was flagged off from near the Mysore Palace Anjaneyaswami temple. The yatra was held to raise awareness among the people about conservation of animals, eschewing violence and following the path of ahimsa.
Swami Dayananda of Prani Daya Sangha and other religious leaders, including Sri Channabasava Deshikendra Swamiji and Sri Shivananda Swamiji, spoke against the cruelty perpetuated on animals under the guise of religious beliefs and said no religions preached cruelty to living beings.
Exhorting the people to eschew violence and cruelty towards other species, Swami Dayananda and other leaders drew attention to the Animal Sacrifices (Prevention) Act of 1959 as per which such practices could result in prosecution.
The Ahimsa Prani Daya Sandesha Yatra was flagged off by Inspector General of Police Jeevan Kumar Gaonkar. A strong posse of police accompanied the activists and religious leaders who reached Kappadi around noon and there were impromptu speeches to convince the devotees of giving up the gory practice of slaughtering animals “to appease spirits and gods”.
Pamphlets were distributed to the devotees who had gathered in large numbers and the presence of police dissuaded the public from insisting on carrying out animal sacrifice.
A few local religious leaders were also convinced of the need to give up the gory practice and there was a general consensus to appeal to the sentiments of the people and create greater awareness among them to follow the principles of “live and let live”.
Dayananda Swami, who has been spearheading the campaign against animal sacrifices, said their objective was not to stop animal sacrifice at Kappadi alone but to end such practices all over the State.