This is one of the most appalling stories of grand scale inhumanity in recent times. It's an outdoor slaughterhouse event where over 200,000 animals are brutally sacrificed in Nepal to a Hindu Goddess in exchange for answering the prayers of devoted Hindus. I came across this story months ago, but had not seen this video until today. I looked away several times and wound up sobbing before it was over. It leaves one much less a fan of human beings ....
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST WRITTEN BEFORE THE EVENT:
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 (2010) 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 (160 kilometers) 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.
Critics say the killings are barbaric and conducted in a cruel manner.
Government administrator Taranath Gauram said hundreds of extra policemen have been sent to the area to maintain security and officials do not expect trouble during the festival.
Ram Bahadur Bamjan, a Nepalese teenager revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha, has joined the campaign against the animal slaughter and plans to visit the festival area to appeal directly to participants to stop the sacrifices.
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