A candlelight vigil was held at Jantar Mantar on Friday by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FAIPO) and PETA India against the sacrifice of thousands of animals at the Gadhimai festival in Nepal.
The protesters allege that about 70-80 per cent of these animals were smuggled into the neighbouring country from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“Due to our efforts the number of animals sacrificed at the festival has reduced but we hope that there will be a ban on it. We are not protesting only against the slaughter in Gadhimai but also slaughter in the name of religion that takes place during festivals in India as well,” says Arpan Sharma from FAIPO.
Rukmini Shekhar, a writer and activist said: “Every time ban on slaughter comes up, a communal tinge is given to it. We urge the government and the courts to put a complete ban on this archaic practice irrespective of religion.”
She added that it is also a health hazard as no food safety norms or slaughter house rules are adhered to when such ritualistic animal offerings are made.
The FIAPO has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ambassador of Nepal to India.